Making Healthcare Buildings Healthier

Taking care of those who work and use healthcare facilities.
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by ROCKFON
Presented by Jo M. Solet, M.S., Ed.M., Ph.D., Heather Castro, AIA, LEED AP®,WELL AP, EDAC, GGP, Dustin Schipper, and Brad Earl, AIA, NCARB, SSGB-Healthcare

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the effects of disruption of sleep by noise in the hospital setting.
  2. Discuss two design solutions for improving the efficiency of hospital layouts to improve employee health and welfare.
  3. List the tools discussed in the course that are used to measure and improve walkability in healthcare facilities.
  4. Explain two examples of the retailing of healthcare.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This webinar is part of the Healthcare Academy

This course takes a look at the well-known issue of noise in healthcare environments, particularly as it affects sleep. In addition, we will look at the efficiency of hospital layouts around the topic of walkability, and lastly, we’ll discuss new approaches to healthcare facility design, including the new trend of bringing outpatient services to retail centers.

Dr. Jo Marie Solet, MS, EdM, PhD, OTR/L will discuss the importance of sleep as related to positive outcomes in healthcare settings and on the disruption of sleep by noise.

Heather Castro, AIA, EDAC, LSSGB-Healthcare and Dustin Schipper from Cuningham will speak on ways to evaluate walkability for healthcare workers so that they get where they need to go quickly and in a way that is less taxing on their bodies and minds, ultimately leading to better patient care.

Brad Earl, AIA, NCARB, SSGB-Healthcare will discuss the retailing of healthcare as many providers are bringing outpatient services to local neighborhood retail centers and malls.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion

Heathy Buildings

Cover photo by William Forsman

Jo Solet

Dr. Jo M. Solet, M.S., Ed.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance. Trained as a clinician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Solet is uniquely qualified to contribute to interdisciplinary efforts, often serving in integrative and translational capacities. Recognizing that physical contexts may compromise or enhance human functioning, as mediated by sleep, she served as principal investigator of a three-phase, laboratory-based research project joining evidence-based medicine with evidence-based design to study the arousal effects of hospital sounds. Jo also serves as a Historical Commissioner in Cambridge, MA and is a past winner of a grand prize from The National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of her 1863 home.


Heather Castro, AIA, EDAC, LSSGB-Healthcare Heather has 12 years of experience, including eight years of significant healthcare experience as a lead healthcare project architect with Cuningham Group in Phoenix, As an EDAC-certified individual (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification), Heather is part of a global community of forward-thinking professionals helping to achieve EDAC’s vision of a world where all healthcare environments are created using an evidence-based design process in the design, construction, renovation, expansion and replacement of healthcare facilities. Arizona. She is talented at using Revit software and creating BIM drawings used to create detailed master plans and presentations. Heather is also WELL AP certified, which signifies advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard.


Dustin Schipper, is a researcher at Cuningham Group. He is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Master of Science in Research Practices program and has experience applying computational thinking to design practice, academic projects and research efforts. In his current role at Cuningham Group he conducts and manages R+D projects, with the goal of advancing design practice through technology, innovative methods, and using data to inform design.

Brad Earl

Brad Earl, AIA, NCARB, SSGB-Healthcare, Confidence, Experienced Vision and Leadership. These attributes have helped shape my successful Healthcare-focused career in the Design profession. I am currently serving as Managing Principal of the Philadelphia Healthcare Studio, part of NELSON Worldwide. I have been an invited Speaker at national HealthCare Design conferences, on the subjects of both “Retailing Outpatient Health Services” and “Medically-based Centers for Health & Wellness” and their impact on long-term Community Health. I have authored, or contributed to, Wellness articles in national trade publications including Metropolis and Building Design & Construction.


ROCKFON Rockfon provides customers with a complete ceiling system offering, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grid systems, metal ceiling solutions, and now wood ceilings. Our products help create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.


Originally published in August 2020