Jason Lee

Jason is a principal in Array’s New York City office and manages healthcare projects that run the gamut from small, complex high acuity renovations to super-sized ambulatory care centers throughout the City and surrounding boroughs. A leader in the implementation of Building Information Modeling throughout design and construction of projects, Jason is also a firm-wide resource and advocate for coordinating a team of consultants to adopt the intricacies of BIM for the owner’s benefit.
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Strategic Considerations for Mechanical Equipment Rooms

Posted by Jason Lee on Jan 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

While reflecting on factors that made recent projects successful, one area of importance came to mind: the Mechanical Equipment Room (MER). Many architects may not consider this an area of importance, as it is not typically a high-design area, rather more of a back-of-house area. Despite the fact that the MER may not have the Italian Travertine tile or the hand-blown glass lighting, it is the heart of the building. A tremendous amount of planning and thought is spent on this room, or rooms, during the core- and shell-build, or retrofits. Below are, from an architect’s perspective, strategic design considerations for Mechanical Equipment Rooms.

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Topics: healthcare design, mechanical equipment rooms, MER

Accommodating Community & Hospital Needs System-Wide, Part 2

Posted by Jason Lee on Nov 04, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Large healthcare organizations that are actively merging with and/or acquiring facilities, as well as building new ground-up facilities for better healthcare offerings, need to consider overall performance objectives and determine ways to optimize their operations. In my last post, I discussed how the centralization of services improved quality and reduced cost for Montefiore Medical Center through a greater standardization of care. Now, I will discuss the benefits of and appropriate times for de-centralization.

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Topics: facility planning, healthcare design, master planning, adaptability, design approach

Accommodating Community & Hospital Needs System-Wide, Part 1

Posted by Jason Lee on Sep 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As healthcare systems continue to expand and evolve, a new challenge has emerged. Facilities, whether newly built or newly acquired, are bringing additional resources into the system. These new service offerings need to fit into the existing hospital puzzle known as the health system. How does a health system go about this challenge? How do they account for these added operations and remain efficient while simultaneously elevating patient satisfaction? Furthermore, how do they do this effectively while knowing that another system change can be right around the corner?

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Topics: facility planning, healthcare design, master planning, adaptability

Why Central Sterile is Such a Central Service

Posted by Jason Lee on Jul 06, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Central Sterile Processing Department is essential to the safety and efficiency of many other departments. The location, flow and size of the Central Sterile Processing Department affects nearby spaces and the effectiveness of the overall In- or Outpatient facility.

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Topics: central sterile, surgery, RLDE

Lean Design & Construction - Evolving Processes

Posted by Jason Lee on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Concurrent with completing the largest Ambulatory Surgery Center on the East Coast, I had the opportunity to present our success with Building Information Modeling at the 16th Annual Lean Construction Institute Congress held in October 2014 in San Francisco.

Co-presenting with Turner Construction, we set the pace for the conference, kicking off the presentations to an audience of 150 people, with an hour and a half discussion on Leveraging BIM for Success. We each discussed our process of overcoming obstacles of the traditional Design – Bid – Build process.

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Topics: BIM, knowledge sharing, lean design

Top 8 Considerations When Redesigning MRI Suites

Posted by Jason Lee on Dec 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Featured in, December 2014.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations have been an important diagnostic tool since the first commercial MRI became available in 1981. [1],[2]

Unlike X-rays and CT scans, which are good at imaging bones and other dense objects in the body, MRIs can create detailed images of soft tissues like the brain, heart, spinal cord, breasts and ligaments.  Add this to the fact that MRIs do not emit radiation and it is no wonder that an estimated 33.8 million MRI exams were performed in the United States in 2013. [3]

With a steady increase of performed procedures, increased machine technology, and conforming to safety regulations, hospitals and imaging centers face numerous challenges when it is time to replace a machine. Knowing this, you give your old MRI machine a once-over for specs and manufacturer’s name, call them up and replace your old machine with a newer model.  Problem solved!  Right?

There are a variety of considerations that should be discussed when replacing MRI machines and updating the suites. Safety regulations, magnet type/quantity, and rigging (in and out) of machines are a few items Array addresses in this Top 8 List of considerations to guide healthcare organizations through successful MRI suite redesigns.

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Topics: technology, renovation, hospitals, MRI

Utilizing BIM for Aggressive Healthcare Project Schedules

Posted by Jason Lee on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Featured in Healthcare Global, October 2014.

Do you think your architect and contractor could design and construct a 12-story, 280,000 SF Ambulatory Surgery Center with 12 ORs in less than 18 months? What if your site already had foundation and setback approvals in place for office/hotel use and any changes would require you to resubmit for planning approvals?  What if it was located in a major metropolitan area? What if you had an estimated $12.6M in tax incentives based on achieving substantial completion in 18 months?

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Topics: BIM, ambulatory care