A year removed from being awarded with the 2014 George Pressler Under 40 Award by the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, Robert Meyer recently caught up with FacilityCare to talk about leadership strategies and emerging trends and challenges in healthcare. One of the dominant themes of the resulting article focused on the power of collaboration in designing health spaces.
“Before we started designing on the (UnityPoint Health-Trinity Heart Center and Emergency Department), we had workshops with the hospital and their user groups just about flow: how you get patients and materials through. It was purely clinical, it had nothing to do with the building per se – we didn’t have a piece of paper as far as guiding where walls and doors go…But what resulted from that were these optimized flow maps that we then used in every decision we made during planning.”
Throughout the piece, Meyer also delved into the delivery of health projects. “Everyone wants to deliver projects faster and faster, and as designers we’re always trying to figure out the best way to do that. But there are certain things you don’t want to do too fast. You don’t want to just get to “a” decision, you need to get to the right decision.”