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Jonathan Bykowski

I have been committed to the healthcare industry since graduating from Philadelphia University with Bachelor degrees in both Interior Design and Architecture. Earning my Lean Six Sigma Black Belt has only enhanced my drive to bring my best to the industry. I am a strong believer in multi-disciplinary collaboration during all phases of a project. Understanding how care givers will work and the specific needs of unique patient populations motivates me to push teams to the best possible solution. Please visit Array Advisors’ blog. for my thoughts on Transformation and Continuous Improvement.
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Continuous Improvement Opportunities with Healthcare Door Hardware

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on May 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Doors, their hardware, and access control are critical components of all healthcare projects. New construction or renovation, the complexity of healthcare can been seen in the doors. As a result, project teams struggle to execute successfully. 

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Topics: continuous improvement, video, door hardware

Multi-Phase Pull Planning is a Team Effort 

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Last week, a cross-functional team representing Array’s design team, as well as all of the consultants and the Construction Manager gathered in our Philadelphia office for two days to kick off a client’s large expansion endeavor. In addition to getting to know each other, the group’s goal was to begin a pull plan for the project. Over the course of two days, we planned the first three phases of the project.

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Topics: collaboration, pull planning

Improve Project Delivery & Instill a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Apr 13, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Authored by Jonathan Bykowski and Laura Silvoy.

In March, ten leaders representing a cross section of the firm dedicated three days to uncovering the reality about how a project moves from client request to a finished building, developing an improved solution and deciding how to advance the firm from our current operations to the ideal future.

This year, our continuous improvement department suggested using a Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Event as a leadership retreat. Some members of the Board were hesitant, but put faith in the recommendation. Past retreats brought the entire leadership team together to discuss company goals and directions. The VSM Event limited the team to ten individuals representing the full spectrum of project roles. Working together, they sought a way to improve project delivery and value while instilling a culture of continuous improvement.

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Topics: future state mapping, array architects, transformation plan

Healthcare Rapid Lean Design Event Process

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Jul 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Array Architects conducts Rapid Lean Design Events geared to help clients quickly assess their current condition, map out patient flows impacted by the process, identify areas for improvement or streamlining, and then establish an ideal future work flow. The RLDE is a swift and targeted multidisciplinary workshop often consisting of two or three sessions. When appropriate, data is collected between sessions to better focus improvement activities.

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Topics: lean design

Implementing Continuous Improvement on a daily basis at Array

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Apr 24, 2014 at 5:41 AM

In an effort to improve communication and efficiency amongst our designers, and to ensure that our team is happy with the work they are doing, a daily “huddle” has been implemented.The design team meets each morning to have an open discussion about their daily goals, plans and productivity. What we have found so far in the beginning stages of this process is that devoting just ten minutes each morning to sync up, set priorities and cascade information throughout the company has already helped save time and improve communication.

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Topics: planning, architecture, team, communication, design, lean, healthcare design, CI, Jonathan Bykowski, teamwork, continuous improvement

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Mar 07, 2014 at 4:38 AM

I recently had an opportunity, for the second time, to attend the Society for Health Systems Process Improvement Conference. I was again inspired and awed by the significant impact that industrial engineers are having on improving the quality of healthcare across our country and globally.

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Topics: architecture, Adrian Hagerty, kaizen, Darryl Greene, lean, society for health systems, healthcare design, ACA, process improvement, Jonathan Bykowski, Karen Martin, continuous improvement, hospital design

When a Chair Becomes a Toilet: Why the People Are More Important Than the Mock-up

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:26 AM

Published by Healthcare Construction + Operations, January 15, 2014

Mock-ups can provide an undeniable value to teams designing new health care spaces.Repetitive project elements are excellent candidates for careful testing before significant time and money is spent on construction. Conventional design approaches have long held that mock-ups should be a staple of the process to test new ideas and confirm that users’ goals are achieved. Measure twice, cut once.

Projects sometimes spend considerable money and time developing mock-ups during the design phase. There are several approaches to mock-ups, but the bigger-is-better approach seems to be leading the charts. Massive macro mock-up trends focusing on full-scale departments requiring a warehouse and truckloads of cardboard are gaining popularity. But do they add value?

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Topics: planning, architecture, design, healthcare design, mock-ups, Jonathan Bykowski, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

Simulation Modeling: Banishing the Benchmark

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Mar 07, 2013 at 6:39 AM

While attending the recent Healthcare Systems Process Improvement conference in New Orleans, I had the opportunity to attend a symposium that explored simulation modeling and its role in healthcare process improvement. I was astounded by the depth of the work being done by industrial engineers and simulation consultants for healthcare organizations. One prominent health system, known for its innovation, shared their work addressing the complex network of delivered items to their inpatient units. This included medications, linen, supplies, equipment, mail, food etc. Through a detailed study and subsequent simulation model they tested several distribution scenarios and were able to develop a plan that resulted in a savings of $3 million in nursing hours a year and required no change in the physical environment. Most inspiring was how the organization utilized these savings; rather than reduce staff, these hours were reinvested in direct patient care. $3 million worth of nursing hours now goes back to patients. This is an example of innovation driving quality.

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Topics: simulation modeling, architecture, healthcare design, modeling, simulation, Array, Jonathan Bykowski, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

The Vision Before the Design: Empathy is the Key

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Dec 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Successful projects require many components. Multi-disciplinary user groups, administrative support,process-led design, mock-ups and innovative technology all play key roles in a project meeting its stated target outcomes. Generating those target outcomes becomes the most critical phase of the project.

The design of any facility is iterative. As the challenges are defined, solutions are generated and evaluated. The selected options are further refined and ultimately a final design is reached. In this process with its myriad of stakeholders, each with his or her own priorities, how do you evaluate decisions along the way?

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Topics: planning, architecture, healthcare design, Array, Jonathan Bykowski, architects, continuous improvement, hospital design, array architects

BIM – It’s Not Just for Clash Detection

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Sep 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

While Building Information Modeling (BIM) is widely accepted as a means to improve our construction documents and aid in field coordination, I saw little value to my teams during the early design phases. It seemed slower and more cumbersome than the traditional way we documented the project as the early development occurred. As we continued to use this powerful tool, however, I started to see opportunities to think about our traditional process differently and perhaps eliminate some of the trouble spots we repeatedly face on projects.

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Topics: BIM, architecture, healthcare design, ACA, IPD, Array, renovation, Jonathan Bykowski, hospitals, building information modeling, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects, integrated project delivery