Tuesday / December 01, 2020 / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hospital Planning and Design Advances in Infection Control


The United States has a National Pandemic Strategy and an implementation plan centered on three pillars: preparedness/communication: surveillance/detection; response/containment. While most of these plans are concentrated on protocols/procedures that hospital staff and administration follow, few US hospitals are designed with flexibility allowing immediate physical change to enhance infection control during pandemic outbreaks. This presentation by HOK demonstrates planning and design strategies of three international facilities from Canada, the UK, and Southeast Asia. The lessons learned during the SARS outbreak in 2002 results in a unique approach to hospital design. These facilities have features designed to contain airborne infections, including instantaneous flexing from normal operation to pandemic treatment mode through spatial and mechanical system changes. This understanding is vital with the current COVID-19 global pandemic and future new infectious diseases.


  • Mark Banholzer, AIA, Senior Project Designer 
  • Will McConnell, AIA, LEED AP, Regional Leader of Healthcare 
  • Heather Fenniman, Senior Medical Planner
  • Cam Twohey, AIA, NCARB, Senior Associate - moderator

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