Government Solutions

Design for the public sector of the Government requires a level of sensitivity toward special populations. Huelat Davis is currently active in VA, Federal and County healthcare projects and is well positioned to provide continuing design services to the Government. The firm is registered and certified required government agencies and organizations, enabling Huelat Davis Healing Design to do business with Local, State, and Federal Agencies.

Our current Contractor Registrations include the following:

  • Registered with CCR Contractor Registration
  • WBE Certified, Women Business Enterprise National Council
  • Planetree Certified Design Firm
  • The firm’s services are listed with SIC Standard Industrial Classification Codes
  • The firm’s services are listed within NAICS North American Industry Classification System
  • 8(a) Small Business
  • DMBE — Department of Minority Business Enterprise has certified the firm for SWaM — Small Women & Minority
  • The firm is certified with eVA State of Virginia Online Procurement System
  • ORCA Certified
  • DUNS Number is available upon request

Federal Healthcare

Huelat Davis has had the opportunity to be involved in federally funded design and research engagements for some of America’s most prestigious healthcare institutions including the National Institutes of Health and the ER One Institute.

Project ER One is the initiative set to develop the design concepts, features, and specifications for an all-risks ready emergency care facility. This future facility will be optimized in order to provide emergency medical care during acts of terrorism and epidemics and built to function fully as a hospital emergency department during normal daily operations. As a Healing Environment Consultant, our task was to plan for the worse case scenario, while implementing designs to reduce stress in an Emergency Environment. ER One is to be a Prototype, which will serve as a model and demonstration facility for other emergency centers in other major cities across the nation that are vulnerable to mass casualty events.

Additionally, the principals of Huelat Davis have participated in the Integrative Health Care Policy, a WIN (Wellness Initiative for the Nation) directive with the Samueli Institute, representing healthcare architecture and interior design of the built environment. This initiative is set to proactively look for ways to prevent disease and illness, promote health and productivity, and create well-being and prosperity for the people of America.

Military Healthcare Facilities

Huelat Davis’ approach to Military Healthcare Facilities is geared toward providing a non-institutional healing environment which respects the military culture and honors the wounded warrior.

With the expansion of military operations and the increase in war casualties, the need for healing environments has become a necessity as these injured veterans return from combat.

Healing environments within military facilities can have transformative powers, improving physical and mental health and supporting overall well-being. Huelat Parimucha’s facilities are designed to empower the patient through clear way finding, family integration, and designs that infuse aspects of nature that nurture the whole person.

Huelat Davis has provided a variety of design services both domestically and abroad, including a planning and design assignment for the Navy’s Flight Line Clinic in Sigonella, Italy and a Furniture Master Plan for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.


va_martinsburg_7The VA provides a full spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of our country’s veterans. The VA is embracing the Planetree model of care and in some states it is even being mandated. Why? Because the nation is focusing on the crisis and future of health care in U.S. VA Medical Centers around the country have discovered that Planetree can assist in identifying standards and solutions to veteran-centered care approaches to health care. Within the VA there is a growing belief that patient-centered approaches to care are critical to safety, quality care and patient satisfaction.

Veteran-Centered Design is a core guiding principle in Huelat Parimucha’s approach to design as it can specifically support the veteran. It is the patient that is the central focus of the design. This means far more than cheerful surroundings and comfortable furniture. It means designing for the experience of what the vet is going through to support positive outcomes. Our design supports the body, mind and spirit of the veteran and his/her family and friends.

planetree-vdn-logo-120x120Huelat Davis, is a certified member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network. It establishes the firm as a leader and specialist in healing environments through evidence-based design. Planetree has recognized that the firm’s design characteristics, philosophy and their core components of healing design are in accordance with their organization: welcoming a patient’s family and friends, valuing human beings over technology, enabling patients to fully participate as care partners and fostering a connection to nature and beauty. This certification positions Huelat Davis Healing Design to stand ready to assist in the VA initiative to embrace Planetree’s model of care through design.

In addition to past work in master planning, programming and schematic design engagements with the VA, Huelat Davis Healing Design is currently in the process of defining a variety of projects with DVA in the Northeast and Southeast United States.

Epidaurus Project

The Epidaurus Project was founded by Frederick Foote, MD., taking its name from the 4th century BC healing sanctuary of Asclepius. The Asclepeion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world. Patients from as far as Rome came to seek healing at its temples and hospitals.

The Epidaurus Project of Healing Design, in progress since 2001, brings together architects, designers, healthcare policy makers and bioethicists to examine the challenges and principles of patient centeredness. Participants are drawn from the federal government, academia and the private sector. Each year the “Epidaurians” hold a Symposium on Healing Design to address design principles that focus on creating patient-centered facilities. Architectural design and functional programming are critical elements that work in concert to make every patient encounter a healing encounter.

Barbara Huelat has actively participated as guest lecturers, consultants and advocates for the Epidaurus Project since the project’s inception in 2001. Most recently, the Epidaurians have crafted their own Guiding Principles for Patient Centered Design slated to be incorporated into military medicine.

Epidaurus Project Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Design:

  • The Building and Its Landscape Promotes the Integrity of the Clinical Encounter
  • The Building Empowers the Patient
  • Relief of Suffering is the Primary Goal
  • The Building Promotes a Lifelong Healing Interaction