Huster Looks to the Future at Symposium on Sustainability in Healthcare

GBBN Principal, Ted Huster, recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by HEAPY Engineering and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Greater Ohio. Titled, “Building the Hospital of Tomorrow: Rehab, Renovate, or Replace,” the panel focused on how and why different kinds of healthcare organizations decide to prioritize sustainability within their capital projects.

“One thing the panel discussion made clear is that there’s a real difference between how public and private institutions approach sustainability within new construction projects,” Ted observes. “While publicly-funded projects often follow a mandate of sustainability, private projects need the buy in from institutional leadership and decision makers.”

That said, Ted also notes that large, private institutions are doing more to prioritize sustainability. “That’s where we come in as architects and designers,” Ted adds. “With our design knowledge, we can encourage decision makers to make sustainability a priority, by showing them the options that are available to them, the advantages, and the return on investment that these practices can bring. Over time, we can also help our clients build a repertoire of sustainability strategies, helping them gain comfort in pushing their sustainability goals.”

Other participants included Jennifer Defrancesco (Dayton VA Medical Center), Phyllis Teater (The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center), Ed Syron (Wright State University), and Frank Aucremanne (The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center).

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Learn more about Ted here. Read about some of Ted’s work by visiting our case studies on TriHealth’s Liberty Ambulatory Center, Good Samaritan Western Ridge, or Harold M. and Eugenia S. Comprehensive Care Center.