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Q&A

with Ryan Earl
senior vice president,
Earl Architects
Describe your business
in one sentence.
Earl Architects is a healthcare
planning and design firm
nationally recognized for
designing innovative healing
environments that reflect
the personality of each
community, while providing
significant operational
efficiencies to every project.
What is technology's
role in the design of
healthcare spaces?
Technology is much like
the healthcare industry, in
that both are constantly
changing to improve the
overall human experience. 
For example: Designing in
real-time using 3-D BIM

modeling has expanded our
capabilities toward solving
the most complex issues like
never before; providing more
precise budgeting that yields
overall savings; schedules are
met ahead of time; product
lifecycle costs and operational
forecasting are more accurate;
and overall communication
between the entire project
team and owner are becoming
more efficient for improved
decision making. 
What role does
collaboration play in
your process? How do
you ensure the right
people have a voice
at the design table?
At the beginning of every

participants with each
having a key role in the
outcome.  
project, we partner with
the owner by designating
a steering committee that
involves several members
of the community, board
members, and key
hospital staff ranging from
administrators, nurse
department managers,
and physicians within their
areas of specialty. Once
the steering committee
is established, they are
fully integrated into our
design process creating a
community-driven project
that reflects a variety of

What are some
challenges your firm
is facing? How do
you overcome those
obstacles? Patients today
expect higher standards
of care coupled with the
expectations for a broader
access to quality healthcare
facilities. Conversely,
healthcare providers
are met with daunting
challenges which include,
but are not limited to, more
stringent regulations which
impact reimbursement rates
as the demand grows for
more efficient healthcare
facilities. Architects,
planners, and designers
are often faced with the
question, "How can we
do more with less to meet
today's ever-changing
demands?" Architects and
planners are challenged
to think beyond traditional
design solutions while
embracing the owner's
vision.
www.earlarchitects.com

Carteret Health Care Morehead City, N.C. Specialty pavilion serves as the hospital's new main entrance and includes a Cancer
Center, Women's Center, Patient Tower, and Central Energy Plant. Photo: Jim Roof Photography, www.jimroofcreative.net.


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Contents
hcdmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Monitor
Product Spotlight: Waiting Areas
The Center
Forward Thinkers
Charting a New Course
Whole in One
In the City
Research
First Look
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