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Celebrating our Healthcare Practice

Damian Huneycutt

We asked a group of our clients and business partners helping us achieve game-changing design to reflect with us on some of the ways healthcare has changed, and what we’ve learned along the way.

Shared Core Values

We’ve heard from so many that our shared core values have made for stronger relationship with our clients, leading to solid and successful project delivery. Director of Capital Projects, Planning, Design & Construction Deanne Avery at UNC Health Blue Ridge said it well:

“Our projects are complex, and we are in the midst of unprecedented conditions in the construction industry. DLR Group has been a strong partner providing their expertise and leadership to help us navigate through a Target Value Design Process with our General Contractor and project team to maintain integrity of our projects. DLR Group is an accountable, innovative, and solutions driven firm providing transparent communication and great teamwork. We are glad to have chosen them for our projects as together we build the future of healthcare for our community.”

EvergreenHealth Progressive Care Unit with long desk wrapped around corner of hallway with blue and white accent lights above

EvergreenHealth Progressive Care Unit. Photo by Nathaniel Willson.

Depth of Resources

Bringing international resources to all our clients improves the delivery of significant healthcare projects. Charlie Hall, PE, our consultant partner on the McLeod Addictive Disease Center interior renovation project at Specialized Engineering Solutions, Inc., said this about our team:

“[The firm] has always been highly capable, very engaged, respectful of everyone on the team, and on top of their game. Now with DLR Group, that level of excellence has continued and is enhanced with a depth of knowledge from a national firm. We are experiencing this level of excellence on the recent McLeod Addictive Disease Center. The team has been easy to work with and are always quick to suggest solutions. Their healthcare experience has added tremendous value to this complex renovation project.”

Project Leader Brett Conner at Atrium Health speaks about this new depth of resources:

“I always felt as if the Charlotte office was my ‘easy button.’ Now, it’s as if their team has no limits. I’m very grateful for all the projects we have completed together to date and look forward to all we’ll accomplish together in the future!”

Atrium Health Cabarrus exterior, a brick building with windows along central tower. Landscaped grounds with stepped fountain

Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower. Photo by Tim Buchman.

Building Healthcare means Building Relationships

As focused as an architectural/engineering firm is on design and delivery of the built environment, our work as designers really centers on the relationships both through the design process, but also with the ultimate users of our facilities – the patients and their families. Relationships are key to collaboration and success on any project. UNC Health Blue Ridge President & CEO Kathy Baily, FACHE, said it well:

“UNC Health Blue Ridge has been pleased with our relationship with DLR Group. We have found them to be a strong partner in our quest for patient-centered design. They are truly part of our team, and creatively generate ideas to improve our projects and meet our goals. They involved our frontline teammates in the design on our projects, which fits our culture of transparency and innovation. We consider them part of our family.”

Atrium Health Pineville Bedtower. Photo by Tim Buchman.

Yes, our healthcare family has grown in many ways over the past year, in numbers, in projects, in strength. But most of all we’ve grown in relationships. And with those relationships we’re leading the healthcare industry into the next era of evidence-based design that considers the emotional, mental, and social wellbeing of its inhabitants.

Here’s more highlights from our partners and friends:

  • “… [They] challenged my thinking and provided new insights …”
    Cathy Greene, IIDA, NCIDQ, planning design & construction services manager, Atrium Health
  • “… excellent healthcare architects with outstanding knowledge …”
    Robert Banas, P.E., LEED AP, senior vice president, WSP USA, Inc.
  • “… excellent design work … construction administration, and customer service.”
    Brad Lucas, former senior project manager, Atrium Health
  • “… a true partner in improving the lives of those in need.”
    Nathan Holbrook, LEED AP, healthcare group manager, JE Dunn Construction
  • “… we’ve seen first-hand the passion and dedication of the [team].”
    Sam Nguyen, regional manager, McKim and Creed

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Damian Huneycutt, AIA, ACHA
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