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HKS , Inc.

350 N Saint Paul Street Suite 100

Dallas, Texas 75201

United States

Company Description

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design + Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 bi ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
American Institute of Architects

Chairman Emeritus

Chairman Emeritus
Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities

American College of Healthcare Executives

Board Member
ACTS Partnership Ltd


Bachelor of Architecture degree

Auburn University

Masters of Architecture degree

Health Facility Design

Texas A&M University

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The Social Contract - Hospital and Infrastructure - Immigration and Infrastructure [cached]

Architect and engineering expert Joseph Sprague, director of health facilities for the Dallas-based architectural firm HKS Inc., says that almost every project his firm does has some sort of emergency department (ED) component: "The ED has become the front door of the hospital…People go to use the emergency room and they end up using the hospital.

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Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, has made a profound impact on healthcare planning and standards during his 40-plus-year architectural career. He will now share his expertise through a two-year appointment, by the Secretary of Defense, to the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards. Read More

Hospital Construction Survey | health care facilities trade spaces to become more efficient [cached]

"With a focus on population health management, there is a tremendous move to the ambulatory side," says Joe Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, principal and senior vice president at HKS in Dallas.

Among the investments, medical office building expansion is happening at a brisk pace because it is a lower-cost facility construction project, says Sprague.
"Medical office buildings are among the most economical to build," Sprague says.
"Chemotherapy is mostly done on an outpatient basis," Sprague says.
"Nurse call systems are very cost-effective ways to use nursing staff efficiently," Sprague says.
Joe Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, principal and senior vice president at HKS in Dallas, agrees.

Health facility design | survey charts health care planning priorities [cached]

The ACA's focus on reforming payment models from volume-based care to value-based care is "a very strong driver for facility design in the near future," says Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal and senior vice president at HKS Inc. an architectural/engineering firm in Dallas.

Making rooms accessible and safe is a major trend, says Sprague. "One of the biggest challenges I see is that you have a situation where you need motivation and mobility to move from the patient bed to the toilet area," he says.
"Modular construction has a bright future," Sprague says.
Noise reduction is an area of focus because of the increased emphasis on patient satisfaction and Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities issued earlier this year that has a new section on acoustics, including the use of noise-absorbing materials and reducing the amount of hard surfaces in facilities, which can create unnecessary noise, Sprague says.
The FGI is a volunteer-run organization and its guidelines, published every four years, are used by 40 states as a hospital licensure requirement. "It's amazing how noisy hospitals have become," Sprague says.
To that point, 71 percent of survey respondents said that regulatory requirements are a major influence in driving change to health care facility design. Another FGI guideline involves medication safety zones to reduce medication errors. This can include guidelines on lighting, security and access, Sprague says.
All improve the patient and caregiver experience and can improve quality, Sprague says.
"Everybody is interested in process improvement," he explains.
"Whether the care is interventional or diagnostic, it is important that the design flow reflect the points of care," says Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal and senior vice president at HKS Inc. in Dallas.

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Hospital architects and construction managers also will have to become more a part of multidisciplinary strategic teams in the post-reform era, says Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, senior vice president at HKS Architects in Dallas and president of the American College of Healthcare Architects. With millions of newly insured patients, hospital systems must figure out their needs and how best to provide access. Medicare, he notes, will offer incentives to deliver more outpatient care.

Designers and builders will have to craft smart facilities that reduce the fixed cost of providing care, incorporating energy savings, sustainable materials, and a modern information technology infrastructure, Sprague says. Facilities likely will be more mixed use - including chronic care and long-term care - than just acute care and medical-surgical, due to the health needs of an aging population. He also stresses the need to design for the coordinated flow of patients through the hospital to maximize safety and quality of care.
"The best advice for designers is try to be as flexible as possible and accommodate unforeseen changes in technologies and patient care," Sprague says.

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