Huelat Davis forms a strategic partnership

On the eighth day of January, 2014, Barbara Huelat and the Principals at Davis Partnership Architects formed a strategic partnership to practice as Huelat Davis | Healing Design.

Founded in 1991, Huelat Parimucha has been at the vanguard of the patient-centered movement. As a certified Planetree firm, we are internationally recognized for — and exclusively focused on — the design of healing environments that improve patient outcomes and deliver greater value for providers.

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Since 1892, the firms’ legacy has been built on a foundation of broad and dedicated clientele with repeat business exceeding 80 percent. Davis Partnership has consistently demonstrated a level of service and design that has earned the trust and respect of clients and peers alike. An exceptional depth and breadth of collective design and project management experience also serves as a solid foundation for its highly diverse practice today.

Now, Huelat Parimucha practices as Huelat Davis with an unprecedented amount of architectural, landscape architectural, and interior design support from Davis Partnership Architects. Today we begin a synergistic partnership assembling the natural talent, breadth of experience, and innovative practices of two prominent design firms shared in purpose, passion and vision.

Our Unique Services

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The ultimate challenge of both healthcare professionals and design teams is NOT to design a bigger, prettier, more expensive facility with the same broken process. Rather it is to create long lasting, flexible facilities that will support the improved vision for care delivery. Based upon these challenges, Huelat Davis incorporates Lean thinking into the planning and design of new buildings. By using a Lean perspective to analyze processes, we are able to identify sources of waste and redesign work spaces to be safer and more efficient.

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Huelat Davis is proud of the 16 LEED certified (three LEED platinum and seven LEED gold) projects. However, many times clients do not want to pursue LEED certification yet want to make a commitment to improve the environment by including sustainable components in the design of the project without a financial premium. Our team embraces what is commonly referred to as the Three E’s of Sustainability: Economy, Ecology, and Equity. These three interdependent aspects of sustainability represent a broad and inclusive view of the challenges and opportunities faced by institutions today and are reflective of their environmental, social, and economic performance. In acknowledging the importance of sustainable design with each and every project in all institutional and healthcare market sectors, our team acknowledges and supports the owner/client goals of efficient, economic performance of new and renovated buildings.

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In order to become more credible in the efforts to provide evidence based design in our projects, Huelat Davis has a dedicated healthcare researcher on staff. This professional works closely with project healthcare planners, architects and interior designers as an integral team member. With this researcher, the team is able to test how efficient and effective the innovative designs are, comparing results with current knowledge bases, fine-tuning and informing future designs to fit every project. Currently, four comprehensive research projects are underway.

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Huelat Davis is one of thirty-three companies and organizations in the nation that has the unique qualification of being an “Advocate Firm.” An “Advocate Firm” helps to advance evidence-based healthcare design by committing twenty percent of its healthcare professionals in achieving Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC). This means that Huelat Davis will work hard to incorporate all relevant, proven evidence-based design innovations such that they will optimize workforce safety, the quality of patient experience and overall employee satisfaction and productivity, while ultimately creating better healthcare experiences for patients and staff.

See Huelat Davis featured in the 2017 EDAC Advocate Brochure for their MI2 Medstar Institute for Innovation project.

Planetree Design

As an architectural model for care, Planetree addresses the fundamental needs of the patients, staff, and visitors to enhance the healing process. To become a Planetree model, a facility must address the core tenets in their own mission; however, each principle must have an integrated practice model.

Planetree is non-prescriptive. There is no “must do” checklist or even guideline for creating Planetree environments, but are uniquely defined by the input from each facility. Planetree environments can reduce cost of care and improve staff retention yet they always provide more satisfied patients, residents, and staff, thus producing better outcomes. The firm has implemented the ten core tenets of Planetree design into many healthcare facilities.

Building Information Modeling

The application of technical knowledge to the design of healthcare projects has never been more important in keeping within tight budgets and short schedules. Through the use of Building Information Modeling software, space can be visualized virtually before it is built, which allows users to be certain of important adjacencies and spatial relationships before construction starts and changes become costly and time consuming. Davis Partnership’s technological leadership, fast-track adoption, and positive results with three-dimensional computer-based programs has led the way of BIM utilization over the last decade earning the firm the American Institute of Architects [AIA] Innovative Practices Award in 2007, as well as the 2006 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Award.

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Nature is our guide to balance and harmony. It provides a meaningful and pleasurable part of our lives, we seek nature, especially when we don’t feel well. Biophilia, the love of the living world, has proven restorative health benefits. Biophilic designs are healing designs. We believe that integrating nature into healthcare facilities are an important consideration due to their powerful therapeutic abilities as well as being appreciated by the patient, staff, and families. Huelat Davis uses biophilic design features that satisfy our love of the natural world enabling people to feel and perform better.

Well Building Design

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness for the occupants of buildings. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based material and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. The standard is based on 7 wellness concepts.

Our Collective Milestones Through The Years