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Jun 14, 2019

Today I’m joined by Scott McFadden, Director of Design at BSA LifeStructures--an architectural and engineering firm that designs facilities to support, enhance and inspire healing, learning and discoveries.

Scott is brilliant and passionate, and generously shares his wisdom from his 30 years of design work. My favorite part of the conversation was learning about one of BSA’s latest projects called, Giving Hope Family Centers, the first of its kind in the United States, designed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities like autism. As Scott shares, “The existence of such a place will help thousands of people of any age and their families come from all over the world for various health and medical support. The facility will include a huge recreational component, with bowling alleys, swimming pools, a movie theater and an education component, including job training.” To learn more about Scott McFadden and BSA Life Structures, visit:

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In this episode you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to always look for a YES for a window in the patient room, not just to let natural light in, but to give a patient who is in bed with limited mobility, a view.
  • When to push back on a design issue on a project and why.
  • The details of a current BSA project, “Giving Hope Family Centers”, the first of its kind in the United States, designed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
  • How to support clients who suddenly have to place a hospital project on hold because of budget issues.
  • What visionary healthcare means to Scott and BSA Life Structures.
  • What healthcare is going to look like in the year 2040.
  • Physicians are going to attack disease in the future and that will change how the physical space is designed.
  • Where Scott finds his current design inspiration.
  • How empathy plays a role in design in 2019.
  • How the hospitality industry has been a game changer for healthcare designers and made it easier to design comfortable and beautiful healing spaces.
  • Why the integration of retail corridors in hospitals is becoming more and more common.

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