Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As an AIA member firm, App Architecture is committed to excellence in design and livability and adheres to a code of ethics and professional conduct. AIA – www.aia.org.
Founded in 1999, the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) is a not-for-profit, AIA recognized organization, established to improve the quality of medical care facilities by assisting healthcare clients in the confident selection of consistently qualified and experienced ACHA Board Certified professionals. ACHA – www.healtharchitects.orgTwo principals of the firm have received the honor of becoming ACHA Board Certified Professionals. Selection for this prestigious certification is based on a rigorous examination and a portfolio review of healthcare architecture design experience. Members are required to keep current with healthcare design related issues and regulations such as The Joint Commission - Environment of Care, Life Safety Code and Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities.
The CHD created the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) program to establish a definition and process for incorporating Evidence Based Design (EBD) practices into healthcare facility design.
EBD is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. The EBD process has been proven to produce measureable improvements in healthcare facility clinical outcomes, economic performance, productivity and customer satisfaction.
Today, EDAC is an internationally recognized program that awards certification to individuals who demonstrate an understanding of the application of EBD in the design, construction, renovation, expansion and replacement of healthcare facilities.
Marianne Weber, AIA, ACHA has received the honor of becoming EDAC Certified. Selection for this certification is based on a rigorous exam. Certification requires annual continuing education efforts to keep current with advances in Evidence Based Design. EDAC – healthdesign.org/edac
The U.S. Green Building Council works to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to work and live. App Architecture is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and two members of the firm are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). The firm is actively pursuing opportunities to incorporate appropriate materials and systems that provide a healthier environment, enhancing the quality of life of our clients and those they serve. USGBC - www.usgbc.org
The Construction Specifications Institute's mission is to continuously improve the process of creating and sustaining the built environment. One member of the firm is CSI Certified Construction Specifiers (CCS) and is actively involved in maintaining our office standards relative to construction detailing, specification writing and new product investigation. CSI - www.csinet.org
Lowell Riegel, our Construction Administrator, keeps current with construction related issues such as Infection Control Risk Assessments (ICRA) and has received a Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC) as a part of the ASHE [American Society for Healthcare Engineering (of the American Hospital Association)] program. ASHE - www.ashe.org