By David Schell, AIA
Returning to the Bay Area after twelve years living in Orlando, Florida working for Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock /Architects (HHCP Architects), I have been involved in architecture for the healthcare industry for 14 years now. My primary role as a Senior Project Manager had me involved in planning, design and production and construction administration on 5 new green field hospitals throughout the Eastern United States during the past decade. In addition to new facilities, I have been involved in multiple additions and renovations of patient bed wings, surgery and pre – post operative suites, as well as emergency departments, radiology and out-patient clinic settings and psychiatric facilities. Several bed/classroom additions for psychiatric hospitals were built using LEAN delivery processes. Fully integrating the design and construction team was a very positive experience pointing me in a new direction for the future of project delivery.
Prior to this, during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons in the South East, I worked with emergency response teams to repair several hospital facilities damaged by Hurricanes Charley, Ivan and Katrina. I arrived in the Bay Area after graduating from of Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1982, and accepted a position with Werner & Sullivan Architects in San Francisco.
During the next twenty years I worked in the offices of Hornberger + Worstell Architects, Whistler Patri Architects, Gensler Associates, and Brandenburger Taylor Lombardo, where I worked on my first healthcare project, an outpatient clinic for the Napa Valley Vintners Association in downtown Napa, CA. A member of the San Francisco Chapter of the AIA since 1982 (Associate Member), I obtained my license from the California Board in 1992 and my NCARB Certificate shortly after. I am also licensed in Florida.
In 1995 I met my life-long partner Joy. We enjoy traveling and have taken trips to Hawaii and England. We’ve hiked through-out the Sierra’s, and driven the Blue Ridge highway from beginning to end. She is a native of Florida, and while living there we have toured the towns and beaches of the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts, in search of great sea food and fun with relatives. We are also great fans of Formula 1, Lemans, and Indy car racing. We are both excited to return to the Bay Area. The growth in the Bay Area has been incredible so each day is a new opportunity to explore and discover what’s new and different. As first time residents of the East Bay there is a lot to explore!