George J. Mann, AIA, the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professor
of Health Facility Design at the Texas A&M University College
of Architecture, along with architecture students Ashley Dias
and Elisha Killgore, presented results from their surge hospital
research and design projects at the April 20 Adventist Healthcare
conference in Rockville, Md.
The conference invitation was initiated by Jim Wilmot, a principal
of Wilmot/Sanz and member of the Health Industry Advisory Council
for the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M’s
College of Architecture.
Representatives from Wilmot/Sanz, HKS, Skanska and Turner Construction
were among the host of hospital administrators, physicians, architects,
engineers and contractors attending the event.
Mann and the students presented their work examining alternative
hospitals for providing emergency care in the event of natural
or man-made disasters. The projects were undertaken fall 2004
in a design studio co-directed by P.K. Carlton, M.D., director
of the Integrative Center for Homeland Security at the Texas
A&M Health Science Center. The projects demonstrate how these “surge
hospitals” could be predestinated in such places as convention
centers, hotels, high schools, motels and community centers.
The students, Dias and Killgore, were part of a team, including
Jackie Russell and Lauren Johnson, who last fall won first place
in a national design competition sponsored by Skanska. Their
winning design focused on the healthcare needs of the
people of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their
design solutions included short-term modular clinic buildings
supported by mobile health units, as well as a replacement for
New Orleans’ Charity Hospital.
A proposed “surge hospital” for
Waco, Texas designed in 2004 by Andrew Burleson and Joshua
Cogburn as part of an exploration of the viability of the
surge hospital concept that was presented to the Surgeon
General of the United States. (Click image for larger version).