Elijah BarnwellMay, 2016 – Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, PhD, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, joined the firm as Director of Healthcare.  Sheila brings 23 years of experience leading health and healthcare projects as a designer, planner and project manager on projects throughout the United States and in Canada.  She works closely with clients to help them create master plan and facility design solutions that support their strategic, operational and community goals.  Sheila is a proponent of collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach to design and believes that the use of research and evidence is a powerful way to inform design and planning.

Elijah-Barnwell will provide firm leadership, focusing on the firm’s health and healthcare program to drive innovation, respond to changes in healthcare delivery, and help clients realize positive human outcomes as a result of our design interventions.  Sheila will also help the firm to expand our visibility and growth in these markets.

New Project: Richland Parish Clinic and Hospital

March 25, 2016 – Altus was awarded the opportunity to design a replacement critical access hospital and clinic for Richland Parish Hospital in Delhi, Louisiana.  Currently, the Altus team is working through concept design options.

Construction Progress: Fontenelle Raptor Experience

February 8, 2016 – Construction continues to progress on the Fontenelle Nature Center Raptor Experience in Bellevue, Nebraska.  The exhibit features several cabins (also known as mews) where injured raptors will undergo rehabilitation.  Visitors will have year-round views of the raptors while they reside in climate controlled cabins with screened porches. The cabin design is reflective of the surrounding forest and existing nature center.

The display is expected to open in early summer 2016.

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Addition and Renovation at Thayer County Health Services

We are excited to announce that Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, NE has broken ground on their Hospital Renovation and Family Wellness Center Addition project.

Click here to view a live video feed of the construction site, or here to learn more about the project.

Construction Progress

CHI Health Academic Medical Center ConstructionDecember 14, 2015 – The 80,000 square foot CHI Health Academic Medical Center – University Campus construction is progressing and the building is taking shape.  Construction is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2016.

The 2-story medical center will include space for primary care physicians, specialists, imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, and 24-hour pharmacy and emergency departments. The building will have 64 outpatient exam rooms for use by 30 physicians working in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, cardiology, orthopedics, and other areas. Space for clinical research will be included within each clinic module.  Physical therapy and occupational therapy will be located on the lower level, as well as meeting space for community members and Creighton University’s medical students.

Photography by Brad Williams Photography.

New Project: Lourdes Health System

Lourdes LogoDecember 2015 – Trinity Health and Lourdes Health System selected Altus Architectural Studios, and local architect Environetics, to provide architectural and design services for a new 30,000 square foot clinic, to be located in Camden, New Jersey.  Our team is looking forward to the project kick-off.

Georgia Tech to Support Development of Next Generation Military Health Clinics

News Release from the U.S. Army and the Defense Health Agency – November 2, 2015

The U.S. Army and the Defense Health Agency have called on a collaboration of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Altus Architectural Studios to apply advanced simulation and analysis to clinic processes and physical settings. The work will support planning for the next generation of clinics for the Army, Air Force and Navy. The project will be led by the SimTigrate Design Lab in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, with strong involvement from faculty members in the Georgia Tech Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science.

The Army uses a model of care called the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) in which patients in Army primary care clinics receive an integrated set of services such as medical care, behavioral health assistance, nutritional counseling and pharmacy services. The DoD is using PCMH care to improve the experience and quality of care, reduce cost and maintain readiness. The PCMH model is also being broadly adopted by private sector providers. Jennifer DuBose, associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab, has been researching the design of PCMH clinics and will bring her knowledge of best practices from other clinics to the project.

As of 2013, the MHS operated 361 ambulatory care clinics worldwide. With so many clinics, the MHS has been challenged to maintain consistency in the quality of the care it provides. Through this project, the research team will analyze clinics from the Army, Navy and Air Force and build simulation models to optimize the clinic settings and care process. The simulation models will be built in collaboration with the Georgia Tech School of Industrial and System Engineering, under the direction of professors Paul Griffin and Nicoletta Serban.

This project will also yield valuable research tools that will contribute to the science of health care delivery.  Senior Research Scientist Scott Robertson of the Interactive Media Technology Center at Georgia Tech will develop improved data collection and visualization tools that help the team document the care process during site visits.

“While processes such as systematic field study, simulation and rapid prototyping have led to significant improvements in fields such as aviation, they are less common in healthcare and in architecture,” said Craig Ziming, director the SimTigrate Design Lab. “In our previous work we have found that simulation has allowed organizations to reduce space requirements, and shorten wait times and improve the experience of visits for patients, and return time to staff. Working with a world-class organization such as the Military Health System that provides services to 9.6 million patients allows the development and testing of solutions at a scale that wasn’t previously possible. We look forward to helping improve care for people who have given so much to this country.”

The Department of Defense will provide $558,449 to Georgia Tech for the first year of the project. Collaborator Altus Architectural Studios, Inc. headquartered in Omaha, NE, specializes in healthcare architecture, planning, and interior design.





Replacement Hospital Complete

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Field Memorial Community Hospital 2 Field Memorial Community Hospital main entrance (top) and open house (bottom).

The new, 62,500 square foot replacement hospital for Field Memorial Community Hospital was completed this fall.  Altus had the opportunity to provide architecture and design services, which delivered more critical access hospital for less money.  Members of the Altus team traveled to Centreville, Mississippi in September for the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

To learn more about this project, click here.

Altus Wins IIDA: IDEA Award

SES waiting, IIDA IDEA awardSES office, IIDA IDEA awardAltus was awarded the IIDA: Interior Design in Excellence (IDEA) People’s Choice Award for the Specialized Engineering Solutions, Inc. (SES) office.  Altus and SES worked together to convert an abandoned, 10,000 square foot outdated strip mall into a new, highly-efficient office space for their growing firm.

To learn more about the project, click here.

New Design Principal

Chris Barnwell Design PrincipalChris Barnwell, AIA, LEED AP, joined the firm as Design Principal.  He is a creative and award-winning designer with 28 years of experience in commercial, healthcare, education, and research facilities, Chris specializes in the exterior design of buildings and cladding systems. His early adoption of three-dimensional modeling and drawing techniques, and subsequent embrace of newer, cutting-edge technologies, has placed him at the forefront of raising standards for the entire industry.  Chris constantly strives for the best possible technical and aesthetic design solutions for clients, believing that collaborative design by a diverse project team is a keystone for design excellence.

CHI Health Clinic Completed

1-7514Altus provided architecture and design services for the newly completed CHI Health clinic near 161st and Maple streets in Omaha, Nebraska.  An open house was held in January to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

To learn more about this project, please click here.

New Senior Project Architect

CoyleShawn Coyle, AIA, NCARB, joined the firm as Senior Project Architect.  With a diverse portfolio of large healthcare clients, Shawn’s qualifications include almost 13 years of experience in healthcare architecture. He has exhibited his expertise in all phases of architectural design, documentation, and construction for projects ranging from $250 thousand to over $250 million. His extensive portfolio includes direct select healthcare work for several organizations including The Nebraska Medical Center, Sentara Healthcare, and Baylor Medical Center. He is highly accomplished at design, detailing, and specifications for both interior and exterior deliverables for projects in excess of $100 million and has led many fast track multi-discipline teams ranging from six to 60+ individuals.

New Design Lead

WielandGregory J. Wieland, AIA, has joined Altus as a design principal. Wieland will provide firm-wide design leadership with a focus on the firm’s healthcare practice, and developing next-generation facilities that incorporate leading-edge technologies, operational best practices, and foster efficiency and sustainability. He will also help the firm to expand its domestic and international markets.

Wieland has more than 37 years of experience in architectural design and master planning of healthcare, research and mixed-use facilities in the U.S. and around the world, including projects in Russia, Peru, Turkey, Taiwan, China, Mongolia, Canada, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. He is recognized as a leader in innovative planning and design for international medical tourism campuses, large medical centers, cancer research facilities, student health facilities and community hospitals.

Altus receives US Institute for Excellence in Commerce Award

USIECAltus has been selected for the 2013 Nebraska Excellence Award by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC). Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. These companies are recognized for their high-level commitment to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer-driven stature for which Nebraska is renowned. Altus has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USIEC marks a significant achievement for Altus as an emerging leader and a company setting benchmarks for the industry to follow.

New CHI Health Clinic

161MapleCHI Health has broken ground for their newest clinic – to be located near the intersection of 161st and Maple.

New Senior Project Designer

Michael-TangneyMichael Tangney, AIA, has joined Altus as Senior Project Designer.

Mike has extensive experience designing and planning healthcare projects of all types, including hospital campus master plans, freestanding medical centers, replacement additions and complete departmental renovations with phasing. With over 30 years in the field, he has a strong understanding of how the advances in technology affect the design of healthcare facilities. Major department experience includes cardiac, emergency, surgery, ICU, imaging, labor and delivery and inpatient nursing. He also has been involved in the design of numerous specialty hospitals across the United States, with specific expertise in the planning and design of cardiovascular facilities, both freestanding and within tertiary hospital facilities. He actively incorporates workflow processes capitalizing on the use of 3D imaging to test everyday design methodologies.

He is the winner of the Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, University of Nebraska, AIA, 1981. Mike’s expertise has been showcased in healthcare magazine articles and he has been a featured speaker at various healthcare conferences.