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Marsha Whitt

I have a Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana State University and a Master in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. I have almost 20 years of experience in the planning, design and management of healthcare projects and place special emphasis on team building and providing continuity from project onset to building occupancy. I have facilitated projects from $200k to $500 million in construction value, and I work directly with senior hospital staff to ensure that their organization’s values, business goals and project expectations are achieved.
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Henry J. Carter - A Case Study in Project Cost and Schedule

Posted by Marsha Whitt on Aug 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

For more information about the Henry J. Carter project, see an extended interview and feature by Jenny Ivy of Healthcare Construction + Operations.

On July 2, 2010, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced at the closing of North General Hospital that the building would continue to house critical health care services for the Harlem community and all of New York City. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC) would be converting North General Hospital into a nursing care facility. Since the NYCHHC knew they would eventually move into North General, they contracted Manhattan Maintenance to minimally maintain and operate the building.

In April 2011, Array started visioning and design meetings to re-locate Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility from Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island to the Harlem area of New York City. The $285-million-dollar project would be divided into two stand-alone projects. The Long Term Acute Care Hospital with 201 beds would be located in the 270,000 square feet of renovation space, the former North General Hospital. The Skilled Nursing Facility with 164 beds would be located in an adjacent 185,000 square feet of new construction, previously the hospital’s parking lot.

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Topics: Array, continuous improvement, cost reduction strategies, collocation, adaptability, array architects

Stretching Your Capital Dollars

Posted by Marsha Whitt on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

In this new economy, hospitals are looking to new ways to make their capital dollars go further. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) helps hospitals access affordable financing for capital projects. Uses may include new construction, refinancing and modernization.

Following its inception in 1968, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 242 program developed a reputation for being slow and difficult to work with. But after an overhaul of the program in the late 1990s, processing times improved dramatically. Now loan approvals typically are issued in less than 120 days—in some cases, as quickly as 60 days. Coupled with low interest rates and the FHA guarantee, the HUDS 242 loans have become an attractive form of project financing for hospitals.

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Topics: Marsha Whitt, FHA, architecture, specialty architecture, healthcare design, Array, renovation, HUD, OHF, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, array architects