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Children’s Village Long Beach

May 19, 2021 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

Free – $20.00


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It Takes a Village – Bringing Light, Color and Energy to Children’s Specialty Care

AIALA Committee: Healthcare
(In conjunction with AIA Long Beach / South Bay)

This is a virtual event. Zoom log-in information will be emailed to registrants 24 hours in advance from events@aialosangeles.org. If you do not receive a confirmation 24 hours prior to the event, please email events@aialosangeles.org.

CES Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center
Turner Construction Company
AIA Long Beach / South Bay

Join the design build team in an insightful look into the new 80,000 SF Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. Presenters Edward Caruana, ACHA, AIA, Damon Barda, AIA LEED AP, of c|a ARCHITECTS, Chuck Coryell of MemorialCare Long Beach, and Blanca Diaz and Justin Bertain, of Turner Construction Company, as they deliver the story of Light, Color and Energy at the Children’s Village.

The LEED Certified building brings together over 35 specialty pediatric clinics, allowing families to receive all their care needs in a single location. This project used a LEAN methodology and Design-Build approach to empower decision making. These best architectural practices enabled the team to formulate a clear program that delivered the operational vision for the project and a construction process to provide the greatest level of value to the facility.



Chuck Coryell – Executive Director – Project Executive, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center + MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital
Chuck Coryell has 35+ years of healthcare leadership in strategic master planning and technology deployment, along with the management of facilities, real estate and construction. He has directed over $2B in all facets of new and repurposed acute care and ambulatory development from entitlement though occupancy. In addition to acquisition-disposition, development and management roles with Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health, and Providence St. Joseph Health, he has successfully led the national operations and early adoption of new integrated building technologies for the healthcare clients of Honeywell, Inc., JCI and IBM. Chuck holds a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Southern California (USC) and is a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).


Edward J. Caruana, AIA, ACHA – Principal, c|a ARCHITECTS
When it comes to the intricacies of medical facility systems and operations, Edward is a recognized authority in design. He founded c|a ARCHITECTS in 1992, and has more than 40 years of experience in California healthcare architecture. Edward is a problem-solver and well-versed in master planning. His knowledge of infrastructure systems and experience with operations make it possible for his clients to keep their facilities and services on course, delivering uncompromised care and service, even during the most complex of projects.


Damon Barda – Director of Design, c|a ARCHITECTS
As Director of Design, Damon leads the creative team at c|a ARCHITECTS to bring a considered, creative, and meaningful approach to the design of healthy communities. A California licensed Architect since 1995, Mr. Barda has over 20 years of experience in healthcare architecture across a broad range of project types such as acute care hospitals, clinics, and medical office buildings. Damon believes in the ability for spaces to bring healing change. With passions in sustainable hospital design and unique spaces for children, his bright and playful environments have woven complex programmatic requirements with the simple, personal needs of the individual. Throughout his career, Damon has had leading roles on projects with some of California’s major medical institutions including Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Hoag Hospital, Scripps Health and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California.


Justin Bertain – Preconstruction Manager, Turner Construction Company
Justin Bertain joined Turner Construction Company in 2004 and quickly progressed through roles of increasing responsibility within the company. Starting his career as a project engineer, Justin has since taken on roles that range from preconstruction to project management to superintending, touching every aspect of the construction process. Justin is currently the healthcare Preconstruction Manager for Turner’s southern California region. In this role he manages the overall preconstruction process for his clients, in addition to estimates, pursuits, bids and proposal responses. Working closely with owners, subcontractors and architects, he acts as a driving force for the development of innovation and efficiency in the preconstruction process. Notable clients that Justin has worked with include Kaiser Permanente, MemorialCare, Universal Health Services (UHS) and Eisenhower Medical Center. Justin received his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly, Pomona and is actively involved in such organizations as Associated General Contractors (AGC) California and the American Subcontractor Association (ASA).


Blanca Diaz – Project Executive, Turner Construction Company
Blanca graduated from USC with a BS in Civil Engineering and joined Turner’s SoCal office in 2006. She has held positions in Pre-Construction, Engineering, Project Management and is currently a Project Executive for a Data Center in Altoona, Iowa. She has worked in multiple market-sectors including Hospitality, Affordable Housing, Healthcare, and now Critical Facilities. Most of her career has been in SoCal, with a brief international assignment in Mexico, and a current assignment in Iowa. Fun Fact: Blanca completed a tandem skydive; the primary parachute did not open, and the emergency parachute had to be deployed. Needless to say, she has not been skydiving again.


Learning Objectives:
+ Participants will learn to understand how stakeholder and preconstruction engagement, starting at pre-design, can achieve the project vision.
+ Participants will learn to understand the unique attributes which make up an OSHPD3 Facility.
+ Participants will learn to understand how the inclusion of biophilic forms, patterns, and textures are used to create calm, connect to nature, and mitigate fear and anxiety in young patients.
+ Participants will learn to understand how the implementation of hoteling can accommodate more 100,000 SF of program in 80,000 SF of space.


May 19, 2021
4:45 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Free – $20.00
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AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee
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