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AIA Guidelines for Hospital and Healthcare Facilities, the Department of Health and Human Services Critical Access Hospital Prototype, and the Green Guide for Healthcare Pilot Project

Douglas Hall, AIA, BBH Design

BBH Design was awarded a national contract with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Engineering Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create prototype designs for a 15-bed and a 25-bed CAH using the AIA Guidelines for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. The prototype was required to be highly efficient, affordable in the first cost and life cycle cost, and adaptable for use by any of the current 1,000+ CAH providers interested in replacing their outdated facilities. In February 2005, the Federal government (HRSA, HUD, and the Department of Agriculture) enthusiastically approved the CAH prototype, primarily because of its design flexibility for current and future changes in healthcare delivery and consumer demand. The prototype is also the first pilot project for the Green Guide for Healthcare program.

Labs21 Connection:

There is a need to incorporate the Labs21 principles in the AIA Guidelines for Hospital and Healthcare, and a need to improve the healthcare facilities for rural America using sustainable guidance. The DHHS prototype ties these three issues together.


Douglas Hall, AIA, is a co-founding partner of BBH Design. His diverse portfolio of work spans nearly 20 years and includes project solutions for Higher Education and Healthcare clients. BBH Design evolved from the internationally acclaimed architectural firm NBBJ, which in 1975 established an office in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

After his tenure there as Vice President and Design Leader he and his partners, in 2002 leveraged the many years of managing the RTP office together and executed its transition to an independent practice.

As Design Partner at BBH Design, Douglas Hall has been intimately involved in the design of the firm and its work. That work has been recognized for design excellence with numerous national, state and regional design awards and recognitions. Portions of this work are "first-of-its-kind" or "gateway" projects. This includes the design of a national prototype for Critical Access Hospitals, to the third largest Ronald McDonald House in the United States, to the first Free Standing Emergency Department in North Carolina.

Mr. Hall is passionately dedicated to embracing and designing every aspect of the business. He pushes is to ensure that the financial, professional and personal aspirations of client-partners and staff are surpassed by embracing a "Human Centered and Idea Driven" ideology.

Douglas is a registered architect and holds both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree from North Carolina States University's College of Design. He is a member of the Society of College and University Planning, and is serving as Committee Chair for the North Carolina Triangle AIA Design Awards Program.

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