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Webinar: The OHSU Rood Family Pavilion: Serving Patients and Families in Difficult Times

When: September 26, 2019
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


Every year thousands of patients arrive at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to receive long-term, specialty care unavailable in their home communities. These patients and families not only face a medical crisis, but also the logistical and financial demands of finding a place to stay. OHSU partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide the first of its kind five-story guest house designed for pediatric and adult patients and their families to rest, work, prepare meals and gather.

The 300,000 square feet complex also includes a five-story parking garage, loading dock and conference center, accomplishing many strategic priorities in one square block. Special design considerations were made to meet both the neighborhood and city expectations. This webinar will share how this innovative housing facility, addressing both pediatric and adult families, became a reality through a unique partnership and financial model.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop unique partnerships to achieve not only project design goal, but operational goals. 

  • Understand how facility design addressed mixing healthcare space with non-licensed space while incorporating neighborhood and city needs.

  • Develop a guest house design that is patient-centered for both pediatric and adult experiences while addressing safety concerns.

  • Identify creative financial models to afford design projects that provide larger community benefit.


Presenting Faculty

Kristina Thomsen, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C, Principal, ZGF Architects

During her 20-year career, with 15 at ZGF, Kristina Thomsen has been involved in all aspects of the project as designer, project architect, and in her current role as project manager. Her varied background informs Kristina’s leadership approach and gives her keen insight to lead project teams to achieve the best possible results and meet client aspirations and design vision. Kristina brings significant experience across a variety of project types including healthcare facilities, office and mixed use buildings, as well as institutional buildings for higher education. Her experience includes the Anschutz Health Sciences Building for the University of Colorado, OHSU Center for Health & Healing Building 2 and Rood Family Pavilion, and the Beacon Health System’s Memorial Children’s Hospital Expansion. Kristina received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and Master in Architecture from Yale University


Samantha Ng, LEED AP® BD+C, Associate, ZGF Architects

Samantha Ng has 7 years of professional experience that ranges from custom homes and multi-family housing to mixed-use, corporate office, healthcare, master planning, and high-rise design. As a LEED AP BD+C accredited designer, she has experience in all phases of architecture, including two years of construction administration on the LEED Gold certified Rood Family Pavilion. Samantha is driven by the beauty of true and honest design at all scales and is intrigued by the psychology of architecture and its effects on the human experience. She strives for excellence in design and believes that open communication and collaboration is the key to success. Samantha received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and completed an urban-design focused study abroad program in Japan, Korea, and China.