Build Track

A listing of the sessions with audio recording and PowerPoint in the 2018 ACE Build Track are below.  
From hospitals to outpatient clinics to medical office buildings, the construction and/or renovation of healthcare buildings is essential to improving care of patients.  Designing and building healthcare facilities requires attention to the needs of doctors and patients, to the importance of maintaining a healing environment, and, of course, to cost.  In addition, careful thought must be given to the long-term efficiency of every inch of space.  This has always been a challenge, but in an environment that is shifting toward providing patients increased opportunities to receive care remotely, administrators are looking for new and creative spaces that will meet the needs of millennials and beyond.  Issues discussed in this track will include building information modeling, a look at the impact that the increase in home health care will have on healthcare facilities, and innovative constructing contracting formats.  These sessions will address topics pertinent to healthcare and design executives with responsibility for long-term planning and construction. 
Build Track: Supertrends: Forces Shaping New World Approach to Planning

There are many forces shaping this new world of modern healthcare.  Learn about the Supertrends that are causing dynamic shifts in the nature of care and how, when and by whom it is provided.  Several powerful and overarching themes being driven by a new generation of patients and providers will be explored.  This session will detail how a strategic analysis of these Supertrends offers a framework that will help you guide long-term capital decision making and understand the impact on capital investments.  Evaluate the role that physical environment plays in accommodating the needs and desires of future generations of patients and providers.


The rapidly advancing fields of digital health and machine intelligence are enabling an increase in virtual care. What impact will this have on services provided in traditional facilities?  Will we see the rise of digital health facilities that monitor and treat patients who are wearing an array of sensors providing diagnostic data? How will homes and communities adapt to take advantage of these new technologies?  The forces driving this change will be examined, as well as the current and future state of digital health and machine intelligence.  Discussion will include an analysis of how these developments will alter our notion of what healthcare is and what it will be in the future.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the megatrends impacting capital investments.
  2. Identify successful strategies for adapting facilities to meet increased patient expectations.
  3. Explain the importance of the physical environment in the delivery of care.
  4. Analyze the physical and virtual scenarios that might be available to the healthcare providers of the future.

View Part 1 of the PowerPoint presentation here.

View Part 2 of the PowerPoint presentation here.

View Part 3 of the PowerPoint presentation here


Build Track: Taking Design to Operation

When planning a new healthcare facility, a number of entities must work together to find the most efficient and effective designs, building plans, and methods for the specific needs of the organization and their patients.  Technology is constantly changing building design and construction in numerous ways.


Part 1 of this session will explore the concept of design-assist and how to properly implement the design-assist contracting process on your next project.  Attention will be given to what a design-assist project looks like, the benefit derived from early involvement of key trade subcontractors through the Lean technique of design-assist contracting, and how to determine if this method is best for your organization’s needs using examples of past projects. 


Then hear from an experienced project engineer who will examine the widespread use of BIM both during the design process and in daily operations as well.  In this session, learn how to extract the data from these workflows to execute a more efficient facility and building operation.  The presentation will walk through what owners should require and how to implement them into their daily operations.  Discussion will include methods of identifying the value of BIM after handover, using BIM strategies as a key piece of standardization, and an analysis of language of thought and metadata in BIM.


 Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the forces that drive the complex interactions of workflow in a construction project.
  2. Outline the components of the Design-assist method of project management.
  3. Define the steps necessary to determine if Design-assist is right for a particular project.
  4. Identify three BIM strategies that could benefit your organization.

View Part 1 of the PowerPoint presentation here.

View Part 2 of the PowerPoint presentation here.


Build Track: Innovative Construction Contracting

Innovative construction contracting incorporates new techniques to supplement traditional low-bid, design-bid-build contracting.   Innovative contracting can decrease project delivery time, reduce construction time, improve safety, incorporate innovation, and lower costs.  One such innovation is the need to “future-proof” facilities, as functional changes often take place faster than projects can be completed.  During the lifecycle of a facility, or after the completion of construction or renovations, clinicians are often left to “deal with” a design intent which may no longer match their current needs.

An innovative construction contract gives owners, managers, and users the tools to change and manage their environments as needed after they occupy the new space.  Safety, innovation, and flexibility to respond to changing needs are essential.  The presenter will discuss formats that provide opportunities to reduce both construction costs and long-term maintenance and operating expenses.  Key issues of repetitive, unnecessary, and avoidable financial losses for healthcare facilities will be reviewed.  Understand how to develop, design, and provide life-cycle cost reduction solutions that incorporate modular space and flexible equipment management system into the basis of design.

Part two of this session will focus on the progression of the design and construction delivery at Mercy Hospital over the span of several projects.  Ranked one of the top five largest U.S. health systems by Truven in 2017, Mercy serves millions annually across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Embarking on several significant building projects in recent years including new additions, renovations and stand-alone hospitals, the system’s goal was to continually improve the delivery of healthcare design and construction services.  Hear about the evolution of healthcare delivery progressing from a siloed approach, to what has become an enhanced integrated team that capitalizes on each other’s strengths.

 Learning Objectives:

1.Understand the need to “future-proof” the design of healthcare facilities.

2.List methods of innovative constructing contract solutions that can improve spaces, increase patient/staff safety and lower costs.

3.Compare different delivery methods that result in a more integrated project delivery model.

4.Discuss opportunities to build partnership and create transparency, leading to smoother processes in building design, construction and the delivery of healthcare for patients.


View the PowerPoint presentation here.