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West Coast Regional Virtual Networking Event

When: April 29, 2021
Time: 5:00pm Pacific
Price: Free for Affiliate Members (log in to website), $20.00 non-members


  • Event runs from 5:00 - 6:30 PM PT
  • EDAC/AIA CEU available
  • DOOR PRIZES, including a Hello Fresh Gift Card, an Alexa Echo 8 and a Lume Cube!
  • Event Flyer


What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?


Join us for “A Framework to Support Healthy and Enduring Interior Environments” with Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CID, EDAC, AAHID, Sustainable Principal, Interior Design, HDR, Inc and Susan Suhar, IIDA, Associate AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador, IFMA, Interior Design Principal, HDR, Inc— your chance to catch up on the latest industry buzz, and connect with colleagues. 

This event is FREE to The Center's Affiliate Members and Event Partners. Non-members can attend for a $20 donation which can later be applied towards membership. 


Contact Lynn Kenney for details, lkenney@healthdesign.org


Every owner deservedly expects to have an interior that will meet their objectives; promote health, well-being, be aesthetically pleasing, durable, and maintainable while creating a safe environment. This session will explore using a systematic approach, such as commissioning, which can help facilitate success for a functional interior system, design elements, and components that support the aesthetics and effective care delivery.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand strategies & project examples to sustainably preserve the life of interior systems and finish investments in your facility.
  • Understand how the Owners Project Requirements (OPR) can help drive the FHI Safety Risk Assessment and contribute to the design and long-term operational effectiveness of the facility.
  • Describe the added value of an interior focused commissioning agent for the design team and project and owner to meet infection control, acoustics and other goals.
  • Analyze the components of a well written, inclusively written Owners Project Requirements (OPR).


Presenting Faculty

Sustainable Principal, Interior Design
HDR, Inc.

A Sustainable Principle, with HDR’s “Sustainable Design Services” team and was awarded an HDR Fellowship for 2018-2019 for sustainable materials research. Jean is a highly versatile designer, planner and sustainable consultant; for a range of healthcare, and laboratory settings including acute care, medical office buildings, cancer and research centers, and children’s hospitals. She served on Kaiser Permanente’s Green Building Committee for 10 years, contributes to national sustainable design standards and led product research, including for upholstery textiles, followed by co-authoring “Future of Fabric”. Jean is a Board Member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and serves on its Executive Committee.


Susan Suhar, IIDA, Associate AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador, IFMA
Interior Design Principal
HDR, Inc.

An award-winning and accomplished design professional with 25 years’ experience, Susan is committed to client service and project excellence. With an extensive background in healthcare interiors and planning, Susan delivers design solutions that support the client’s needs, vision and brand while enhancing the overall interior experience. Motivated by the creative process of “discovery, distilling and defining” the resulting interior environments Susan creates are sustainable, inspiring and contribute to overall well-being. 

In addition to leading HDR’s Los Angeles Interiors studio, Susan is the IIDA Los Angeles city co-director, an IFMA Health Care Council board member and is on the NeoCon program advisory board.