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Webinar: Making a Difference: Renovating a Pediatric Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

When: August 13, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

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

CEU forms available for download during webinar


In the fall of 2015, Children’s National Medical Center embarked on a project to renovate and reimagine their existing sub‐divided child and adolescent behavioral health inpatient unit at their main hospital campus in Washington, DC. This unit was land‐locked by other existing programs, divided in two by a public corridor, and was struggling to find space for all the patients needing care in the immediate catchment. CNMC leadership hired Array Architects to help fulfill their vision for how they wanted to provide care for this special mix of patients while bringing their dated unit up to code and current best practice in behavioral health.

This webinar will tell their story and participants will learn how, through a phased project approach,  the team allowed for flexibility and growth for the future.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the planning and design allowed for flexibility and growth as well as shared services from both the child and adolescent behavioral health units.
  • Understand how the vision of the leadership at CNMC was implemented to create a state‐of‐the‐art design that meets the client’s needs.
  • Identify how the patient mix at CNMC created design challenges and opportunities that where unique to this overall project.
  • Understand how the unit is performing and outcomes of post occupancy study.


Presenting Faculty

Laura Morris, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, Lean Green Belt, Principal & Director, Interior Design, Array Architects

Laura Morris is a Principal & Director, Interior Design with Array Architects, Laura has over 20 years of experience as an interior designer and lead planner in healthcare facilities across the nation. Laura designs interior spaces with a goal of combining both planning and unique evidenced based design solutions. She has been involved with designing LEED Platinum healthcare facilities as well as numerous new replacement hospitals for clients on both the east and west coasts. Her hard work and dedication have led to long term relationships with clients such as New York Presbyterian, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and Jefferson Health.

Madeline Hill, LEED AP ID+C, NCIDQ, Lean Practitioner, Interior Designer, Array Architects

Madeline Hill is a rising star in healthcare and interior design as she has been able to help design award winning projects but also push to grow Array’s design practice in DC – our fastest growing office. Intrigued by the psychological aspect of design, Madeline understands that atmosphere is everything: creating a welcoming and comfortable setting that is at once both aesthetic and functional is crucial for patient recovery. Her expertise in healthcare design and production allows her to tackle projects with an objective and flexible mind, enabling her to work effectively under pressure and make the educated decisions needed to expedite the construction process.