George Shmidheiser

Prior to joining Array, I was the Director of Facilities for a large Academic Medical Center. Having sat on the client’s side of the table for 15 years, I am keenly aware of what our clients expect of us. As Chief Operating Officer with Array, my goal is to ensure we deliver the quality of service and design I would have expected.
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Ambulatory Surgical Centers Assessments

Posted by George Shmidheiser on Jan 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Health Systems looking to lease space in office buildings for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) cannot assume all buildings will comply with the zoning and healthcare codes and use requirements.  A visual assessment by an experienced healthcare architect and engineer, to ensure a building’s compliance, is needed prior to concluding negotiations for the space. Each state’s Department of Health regulates the development of ASCs and requires the implementation of Life Safety codes, with which commercial architects may not be familiar.

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Topics: GeorgeShmidheiser, ambulatory care, building codes, FacilityDesign, array architects

Does Your Design Team Have A Deep Enough Bench?

Posted by George Shmidheiser on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

You’ve selected the architect for your healthcare project and you’re ready to commence design. You feel confident you have made the right decision and have a good idea of what your design costs will be based on the architect's proposal. You may be right . . . you hope.

You did all the right things:

  • Pre-qualified firms based on past similar experience.
  • Defined your scope of services carefully based on your strategic planning documentation.
  • Developed a project specific Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • Asked for fees broken down by task, project phase, and consultant team.
  • Received a detailed project schedule of tasks.
  • Conducted short list interviews to get an idea of the team ‘chemistry”.
  • Inquired about each firm's project delivery process.
  • Narrowed your decision to a single firm.
  • Negotiated carefully aligning scope with design fee.
  • Selected and contracted the firm of choice.
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Topics: resource planning, GeorgeShmidheiser, architecture, healthcare design, continuous improvement, hospital design