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Matthew Bluette of JACA Architects Presents at NEHES 2018 Spring Seminar

Matthew Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, Associate at JACA Architects (www.jacaarchitects.com), one of New England’s premier healthcare-exclusive architectural firms, recently presented at the 2018 New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) Spring Seminar, held Friday, April 6, in Leominster. Bluette was part of an experienced team of presenters who led the session “2012 Life Safety Code – Staying in Compliance with the New Rules,” in support of the seminar’s overall theme: “Maintaining Compliance: Balancing Increased Regulations and Decreased Budgets.”

In this session, a thorough review of the code was presented, including actual cases where hospitals faced challenges understanding the code and achieving compliance. New projects and existing nonconforming conditions were also reviewed.

Bluette presented some of JACA Architects’ recent project experiences and regulatory challenges, including how compliance was obtained. Case studies included a multi-floor and building-phased renovation project at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, a fit-out project at BIDH-Plymouth, and a building addition for a hybrid operating room.

Bluette was joined in the session by Peter Leszczak of PSL Engineering, a fire protection engineer with more than 25 years of experience in health care; and Philip Jose, PE CSP, owner of Private Code Consulting Company, who provided an understanding of how to approach a project and offer the AHJ view on projects. Attendees were offered a thorough understanding of how the separated approach to code compliance can save money, a clear and concise review of the new and expanded healthcare suite options now available to hospitals, an explanation and review of controversial changes in the new JC/CMS requirements, and a review of changes related to hospital projects in NFPA 2012.

“Matt has great information to share as a result of an abundance of experience working on a wide range of healthcare projects,” said Tony Cavallaro, president of JACA Architects. “We are always looking for opportunities to share our knowledge with our clients and colleagues in the industry, and we are grateful to the NEHES for offering Matt this occasion.”



JACA Architects’ Co-Directors of Interior Design Attain NCIDQ Certification

JACA Architects, one of New England’s premier healthcare-exclusive architectural firms, is pleased to announce that Rebekah Clough and Lynda Duray, both Co-Directors of Interior Design, have achieved NCIDQ certification, one that is recognized by the interior design industry as an indicator of proficiency.

Clough, a resident of Taunton, Mass., joined JACA Architects in 2014; she is a graduate of Mount Ida College with a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

Duray, who lives in Dedham, Mass., has also been with the firm since 2014; she holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a Master of Science in Management/Interior Architecture from Mount Ida College.
Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. They have proven their expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

“We are proud of Rebekah and Lynda for this latest achievement,” said Tony Cavallaro, president of JACA Architects. “NCIDQ certification indicates a true commitment to the design profession; without question, both of these talented individuals are passionate about their profession and dedicated to its recognition and integrity.”

Lynda Duray and Rebekah Clough (2)

The Surgery Center at Shrewsbury Now Open; New Ambulatory Facility Designed by JACA Architects

JACA Architects (www.jacaarchitects.com), one of New England’s premier healthcare-exclusive architectural firms, announces the recent opening of one of its major design projects – the Surgery Center at Shrewsbury.

JACA Architects was selected by UMass Memorial Health Care of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Shields Health Care Group of Quincy, Massachusetts, in October of 2016 to design the approximately 40,000-square-foot new ambulatory surgery center located at 151 Main Street in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

The stand-alone ambulatory surgery center is owned and operated by UMass Memorial Health Care, Reliant Medical Group and Shields Health Care Group, under the name Healthcare Enterprises LLC.

The distinct outpatient surgery center focuses on sports medicine, hand surgery, and other surgical specialties. The $31 million, state-of-the-art facility features the latest advances in technology, nine operating rooms, a waiting area, 32 curtained bays for patient preparation and recovery, multiple nursing stations and separate check-in and check-out areas.

“We are delighted to see this much needed facility come to fruition,” said Tony Cavallaro, president of JACA Architects.  “The Surgery Center at Shrewsbury is certain to improve the well-being of the greater Shrewsbury community and beyond; we were proud to contribute our skills and be a part of this important project.”

Shrewsbury ASC exterior

JACA Architects Represented at Becker’s ASC Review Conference by Associates Epp and Bluette

William Epp, Associate Principal, and Matthew Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, Associate, both of JACAArchitects, one of New England’s premier healthcare-exclusive architectural firms, recently attended Becker’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) 24th Annual Meeting:  The Business and Operations of ASCs, held in Chicago from October 26 through October 28.

With over 80 different learning sessions, four keynote speakers and five keynote panelists, this exclusive conference brought together surgeons, physician leaders, administrators, and ACS business and clinical leaders to discuss how to identify and manage key business, clinical and legal issues.

“We’ve worked on a number of ambulatory surgery center projects over the past few years, and with more on the horizon, this conference offers a great chance to stay up-to-date on best practices and share different perspectives based on project needs and limitations,” said Epp.  “Becker’s ASC Review consistently offers quality educational opportunities, and Matt and I were glad to be able to make the most of this occasion.  We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned with our colleagues and clients.”

“We encourage our staff to further their professional development whenever possible, and this conference offers a great opportunity to do so,” said Tony Cavallaro, president of JACA Architects.  “Matt and Bill have already shared a considerable deal of knowledge gained from this conference with our staff – through their presence, we all benefit.”


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