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Proof of the pudding: Modularity and the successful master plan

16 November 2014

Healthcare Design '14, San Diego, CA

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, Shepley Bulfinch
Angela Watson, AIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch

HCD 14 logoWhat are the criteria for determining the success of a master plan and how does a modular approach contribute to that?

Architects Jennifer Aliber and Angela Watson are joined by Gail Dahlstrom, Vice President, Facilities Management at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Norman Roth, Executive Vice President and COO of Bridgeport Hospital for this discussion.

They examine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital and the master plans that each has implemented and developed over 20 years. While both employ modular frameworks that allow for “plug and play” to accommodate growth, their diametrically and (diagrammatically) opposed master plans – one a “medical mall” and the other a hub model – are a reminder that there is no single way to add space and that there are many forces that challenge master plans.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock was one of two recipients of the inaugural Legacy Project Award from the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) earlier this year.

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