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Jun 14, 2019

In the second part of my conversation with 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--you’ll hear how on larger projects, the team builds what they call a life size “Cardboard City” in a big warehouse to test out the plan, show it to the client, and then reassess what they’ve learned. It’s fascinating and so is this episode. Learn more about Scott and BSA Life Structures at:

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In this episode you will learn:

  • BFA’s discovery and collaboration process at the beginning of a project includes large scale models, and puzzles presented on tables to clients and staff who get to participate in this deeply experiential and engaging process.
  • Once the floorplan is solid, the team builds what they call a life size “Cardboard City” in a big warehouse to test out the plan, show it to the client, and then reassess what they’ve learned.
  • One of Scott’s favorite parts of healthcare design is the ability to create a hospital that doesn’t feel like a hospital.
  • Infection control is a huge issue and the durability of products that last 20+ years is forefront in the minds of designers, architects and planners.
  • A day in the life of Scott at BSA Life Structures and what it takes to keep the energy high in his career.
  • Advice to new healthcare designers starting out.
  • If you’re a kid in the 70’s who loves to design and draw and you don’t have a straightedge, you can use Lincoln Logs instead!
  • A Sky Farm was created on the exterior of a large hospital project where hospital chefs would give demonstrations and classes on food and gardening.



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