The National Organization for Minority Architects, or NOMA is in its 42ND year of assisting architects by providing a pathway of inclusion for all minority and non-minority architects. William Moses of Jeffrey Berman Architects has been involved with the organization for several years as one of the founding members of the New Jersey chapter of NOMA. Moses will be presenting “BIM Infused Healthcare Design” at the upcoming conference in Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 4th from 4:30 to 5:30. NOMA prides itself on promoting inclusion and diversity in the design professions – it is this policy that gives the group its unique and grounded perspective.
“We use our strength in numbers to help minority architects increase their visibility to the architecture industry as a whole,” explained Moses. “Developing a platform for excellence and creativity, cultivating talents and capabilities to perform in design and construction at any level. The collaboration and idea expansion that is part and parcel of our coming together at this conference is a large aspect of our mission.”
Moses will be speaking at the NOMA Conference scheduled for October 1st through the 5th. During his talk on Oct. 4th, he’ll highlight three healthcare design projects he’s worked on using ArchiCAD. A long time ArchiCAD user, Moses will demonstrate how the use of ArchiCAD had a positive impact on his workflow and the way he presents projects to clients.
“The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center happens to be one of the largest projects I’ve worked on – having been involved with it for the past four years, I’ve relied on the software to help me maximize efficiency with regard to project management.”
“The Farber Center for Radiology and Oncology was one of my biggest projects to date. The Farber Center is a one-of-a-kind freestanding radiation facility in Manhattan. The state of the art facility was designed to provide a Zen Spa-like alternative to a standard sterile environment. It is equipped with two aquariums, a fumeless fireplace and warm Bamboo floors surrounded by a wonderful staff. The Farber Center’s radiation oncology center was the first in the NYC Metropolitan area to acquire Elekta Infinity with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) technology, the next generation in radiation treatment for cancer.”
According to Moses, healthcare projects require the ability to organize priorities and respond quickly to unforeseen changes. Responding to changes in a timely manner is one way Moses uses of ArchiCAD to keep costs of the project under control. In his experience, he says failure to manage changes can lengthen the time needed for the hospital or medical center to get up and running and begin to make the facility work for their patients.
Moses will also cover the ways in which ArchiCAD helped him manage the prediction of conflicts while working effectively with project stakeholders. In healthcare design there are many basic layouts for the typical room and its accompanying “support” rooms (i.e. exam rooms and waiting rooms) for which there are ways to standardize within ArchiCAD and streamline the workflow. Moses has discovered ways to work with a variety of hospital equipment as needed directly within the model.
“BIM is essential to an architect that wants to spend more time on being creative without worrying about production. Particularly during the construction and administrative phases of healthcare design, architects must follow extremely stringent rules and know that every single detail counts. With ArchiCAD, I rely on making standards and favorites to build on my worksheets – minimize the time I spend juggling the details. The software helps me stay on target and be accurate.”