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Kent Doss

I’m a firm Principal with over 20 years of professional experience and am responsible for all phases of project delivery, from preliminary project planning through design and construction. I completed Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) program for virtual design and construction and completed projects using fast-track scenarios, Design-Build method, Design-Assist and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) using BIM and 3D Modeling.
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Connecting Experience, Behavior and Strategy: Part 1

Posted by Kent Doss on Aug 24, 2016 at 4:00 PM

One of the most challenging tasks that architects face is how to convey design intent in a way that transcends aesthetics (which can be deeply personal and sometimes divisive) by describing the measurable, operational value (which is uniting and helps drive project progress) that good design can achieve. The project clarity and vision that we can create through our collaborative, Lean-led planning process can be at risk if we can’t equally communicate the reasons why specific design strategies are critical to project performance.

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Topics: evidence based design, patient experience, behavioral design

EcoTherapy and its Positive Effects on Healing Environments

Posted by Kent Doss on Jun 18, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Imagine what it would have been like to be hospitalized 200 years ago…you were probably in a dimly lit, poorly ventilated ward with dozens of other patients…you would have been exposed to all manner of infections and maladies in surroundings that that did very little to actually help in the healing process. With these images in mind, it is easy to be deeply grateful for the amazing advances that have been made in medicine and in today's healing environments that are designed to expedite the healing process – but we should always challenge ourselves to do more.

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Topics: ecotherapy, Healing Environment

Hospitals taking a leadership role in wastewater

Posted by Kent Doss on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Featured in Healthcare Global, October 2, 2013.

We know trace amounts of runoff from hospitals and long-term care facilities reaches potable water. Drinking water in 24 major metropolitan areas has tested positive for minute amounts of pharmaceuticals, for example.

The danger to taking a wait-and-see approach to these efforts lies in slow moving regulators and lawmakers delaying action until some perceived crisis or shift in public opinion causes them to overcompensate with drastic and unreasonable reform down the road.

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Topics: sustainable, architecture, healthcare design, Kent Doss, healthcare global, continuous improvement, waste water, advisory services, hospital design

Building Performance Evaluation as a Function of Distance and Time

Posted by Kent Doss on Dec 02, 2013 at 12:06 PM

As a dedicated healthcare architect I’ve learned to approach design challenges with the goal of harmonizing requirements that are often diametrically opposed.While the personal environmental psychological needs of the patient may not be conducive to the most efficient operational flows or facilities maintenance processes, the responsibility for defining the highest level of synchronicity possible between base project requirements is something I take very seriously and embrace completely.

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Topics: architecture, design, healthcare design, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

Beyond the Healing Garden

Posted by Kent Doss on Apr 05, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Healing the Body by Healing the Earth as Part of a Comprehensive Cancer Program

Featured by Medical Construction + Design in February 2014.

The term “biophilia,” which literally translates as “love of life or living systems,” is used to describe the theory that suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems and that this bond is essential to good physical and mental health. [1] We have a natural attraction to all that is alive and vital - all humans have “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life” [2]. This premise helps explain why ordinary people spend time and energy caring for plants and flowers in their homes…in other words, our natural love for life helps us sustain life.

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Topics: Shirin-yoku, architecture, ebd, evidence based design, healthcare design, Kent Doss, ecotherapists, Array, Cancer, ecotherapy, cancer program, biophilia, hospitals, nature prescriptions, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Healing Environment, healing garden, array architects

Simulation Centers Can Lead the Way to Improved Efficiency, Part 3 of 3

Posted by Kent Doss on Apr 01, 2013 at 8:00 AM

In my first two posts, I addressed the larger, more philosophical issues that need to be addressed when planning a Simulation Center, as well as taking a more in-depth look at specific elements of a Simulation Lab.

In this third and final post, the focus is on how the Simulation Center can be designed to facilitate learning and how you can accommodate industry and technology advancements.

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Topics: planning, architecture, healthcare design, modeling, simulation, Array, simulation centers, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

Simulation Centers Can Lead the Way to Improved Efficiency, Part 2 of 3

Posted by Kent Doss on Mar 29, 2013 at 5:00 AM

In my first post, I addressed the larger, more philosophical issues that need to be addressed when designing a Simulation Center. In this post, I take a more in depth look at specific elements of the Simulation Lab.

How should your process flows be organized? The different processes and traffic flows throughout the simulation lab should be planned to allow a segregation of on-stage and off-stage functions and personnel. While there are many nuances, the basics to consider include:

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, Kent Doss, modeling, simulation, Array, simulation centers, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects

Simulation Centers Can Lead the Way to Improved Efficiency, Part 1 of 3

Posted by Kent Doss on Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

As healthcare providers continue to identify the adjustments required to succeed in the new reality created by healthcare reform, one universal constant has been the need to increase operational process efficiency.

As any Healthcare CEO will attest, all of the planning and design efforts (not to mention dollars) that go into creating efficient built environments that support effective processes is for naught if their staff is not willing to embrace the methods needed to realize their potential. Training caregivers and support staff in efficiency processes is an ongoing commitment that the majority of leading providers have fully committed to – not just to cut costs, but because of the clinical outcome and patient satisfaction improvements that result.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, Kent Doss, modeling, simulation, Array, simulation centers, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects

NYC Building Code Updates Have Big Impact on Common Hospital Finishes

Posted by Kent Doss on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:11 AM

3/7/13 Edit: We are extremely appreciative of the conversations that we've had with our clients about the information in this article, as there is very little published data that focusesspecifically on these NYC specific code issues. We will continue to update this article as more products undergo testing and are updated in the future. All changes will be highlighted in yellow.

Recent updates to the design and construction codes applicable in New York City necessitate a careful review of typical design standards for healthcare spaces.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, interior design, Kent Doss, Array, firecode, nyc, architects, continuous improvement, hospital design, array architects

IMMERSIVE DESIGN: Enhancing the Emotional Content of Lean Design

Posted by Kent Doss on Sep 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

 

The text below is a condensed version of Kent Doss’s White Paper, “IMMERSIVE DESIGN: Enhancing the Emotional Content of Lean Design.”

The operational (and associated long-term fiscal) benefits of applying Lean Design principals to healthcare planning are well documented. The process of mapping current state realities, ideal future state conditions and defining the steps needed to make a successful transition between the two have become an integral part of maximizing returns on investment for institutional facilities.

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Topics: architecture, lean, healthcare design, interior design, Kent Doss, Array, hospitals, architects, sustainability, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, lean design, array architects