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How Design Standards Drive Innovation, Reduce Costs and Future-Proof Project Plans

When: March 18, 2024
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Where: PDC Summit, San Diego, California United States


The Center for Health Design has joined with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) as a strategic educational collaborator and Supporting Organization for the annual PDC Summit.

At this year’s Summit The Center will produce and present a pre-conference evidence-based design workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – featuring recent work from The Center’s research team; Aging, Behavioral Health, Pediatric and Built Environment Networks; the HERD Journal, AAHID and other familiar and new healthcare design industry leaders. 

You’ll find these sessions here on the PDC Summit website – click on the Category drop-down menu and select The Center for Health Design Sessions.


Design standards are often an undervalued and underutilized asset that owners, planners and design professionals can use to pre-empt a wide range of project challenges that often emerge during the planning, design and construction process.

Hear from owners representing three of the world’s most preeminent health systems – Stanford, Kaiser and Cedars Sinai – together with construction, design and engineering partners, all members of The Center for Health Design’s Built Environment Network, as they share their experiences and use of design standards, and their evolution over time.

You’ll learn how they are using them to anticipate supply chain needs, reduce maintenance and life cycle costs, improve project delivery time, and appreciate how to work with engineers and contractors differently. As they anticipate the future, they want to embed and integrate standards into existing technology. Then they want to gather data about how the standards are being applied and they want to use this data to refresh and update their standards and manage their portfolios.

Standards are NOT going away. In fact, they are becoming increasingly more important in the planning, design and project delivery process, and for all types of spaces, furnishings and equipment, the building envelope, and to support different operational models. And they continue to evolve in new and valuable ways. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring these real-world insights and best practices back to your project team.





Exclusive Offer for All Affiliate Members

All Center for Health Design Affiliate members receive a $200 discount on 2024 PDC Summit registration. Contact us for discount code and more information.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the key differences between a design standard and a design guideline.
  • Learn how standards have and will continue to change the design process.
  • Understand the benefits health systems derive from having design standards.
  • Explore how health systems update and refresh standards and incorporate innovation. 


Presenting Faculty

George Tingwald, MD, AIA, ACHA

Administrative Director, Medical Planning Design + Construction
Stanford Health Care




Alicia Wachtel

Executive Director, Planning, Design and Construction
Cedars Sinai Health System 




Heather Dilley

Director, Preconstruction and Project Engineering




Sunil J. Shah

Vice President, NFS, Facilities Strategy Planning + Design
aiser Permanente




Jordan Cram

Chief Executive Officer




Will Lichtig

Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President




Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC

Chief Executive Officer