SBA is Always at the Forefront of DPH Regulatory Changes!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently announced exciting reforms to the plan review process. Here is an excerpt explaining some of these reforms from Tim Miley, Director of Government Affairs at DPH: Effective with plans submitted on or after March 1, 2017, any project that involve patient care areas, and with an estimated project construction cost of less than $2,000,000, will qualify for Self-Certification review, with the exception of hospice inpatient facilities and long term care facilities originally designed and constructed in accordance with the 1968 or 1972 edition of DPH construction standards. All projects that involve non-patient care areas in a hospital, clinic, dialysis facility or ambulatory surgery will continue to qualify for Self-Certification review regardless of the estimated project construction cost.”

SBA has an excellent relationship with the MA DPH, typically we shepherd more than 60 projects every year through the Plan Review process, as well as assisting in Determination of Need (DoN) submissions. Our understanding and familiarity with the DPH process, as well as the individual plan reviewers, allows our team to assist in the interpretation of requirements, discussions of waivers and temporary approvals during phased construction.

We are actively participating in creating industry guidelines through Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI). Our Global President & CEO, Kurt Rockstroh, is the current president of FGI and vice chair for FGI 2010 and 2014 editions. Our President of U.S. Operations, Kirsten Waltz, is the Vice Chair for the Outpatient Group for FGI’s 2018 edition. Our experience allows us to be at the forefront of changes in the regulatory environment which directly impact on the types of spaces our client’s encounter in your patient care areas.

To learn more about information regarding the plan review process- click the link below:

  • NFPA Journal- Looking at the Evidence

    Post by Kirsten Waltz, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP - President U.S....

    Looking at the Evidence- How a New England hospital utilized the evidence-based design process to recognize efficiencies, save money, and, most important, improve patient outcomes The full publication with graphics can be found in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the NFPA Journal

  • The Center for Health Design- Member Spotlight: Kirsten Waltz

    The Center for Health Design started the year with a member spotlight on SBA's...

  • SBA Announces 6 Promotions

    Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Theresa Harris, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C to Principal. Harris has been with SBA for 4 years in her previous role as Associate Principal, serving as a senior healthcare planner and architect for SBA

  • Seven Workplace Design Trends

    Post by Chu Foxlin – Principal, Design Director 

    I have found that the main driving design factors in a commercial workplace environment are typically quite similar to those in a healthcare or science research environment. Designs must utilize real estate in the most efficient and productive manner in order to create a space

  • Healthcare Meets Retail: Be One of the First to See Mass General Assembly Row Primary Care Facility

    Post by Nicole Ward - Senior Designer/Manager, Interior Design

    Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) recently completed the design and construction of Mass General Assembly Row Primary Care facility located at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. Mass General Assembly Row Primary Care is an innovative, team-based primary care practice located in

  • 08/23/2016

    Two prominent Pioneer Valley companies, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) and Paragus, enlisted SBA to create a masterplan for their future combined space, which includes a new innovation cafe and restaurant, roof-deck, and 4-story open office co-working space. VVM provides key support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Springfield and the greater Pioneer Valley by uniting carefully selected

  • 10/23/2015

    Located on an island off Xiamen, a major city in southeastern China, Gulangyu is a small 0.77-square-mile pedestrian-only tourist destination that is home to approximately 20,000 residents. On Gulangyu’s narrow streets, only electric tourist buggies and a few fire trucks provide any vehicular traffic. Songyu ferry terminal had currently become inadequate to meet the demands of local and

  • 10/22/2015

      2014 was a year of breakthroughs for development in Qianhai, China. This rapidly expanding hot spot saw extensive new construction, financial innovations, property development, and institutional progress. 20 important projects were initiated by Qianhai in December.    Investment for these new projects totaled more than $16 billion (US). They will include

  • 06/15/2015

    The new Art Performance Center at Berkshire Hills Music Academy is currently in design and we couldn't wait to share these exterior sketches by Principal Designer Derek Noble, AIA, LEED AP. To learn more about this project, check out our previous blog post.   

  • 04/06/2015

    Reception Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) intends to open a 21,300 square-foot Outpatient Oncology and Infusion Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. This Center will provide cancer patients with ongoing evaluation, planning, treatment, and follow-up services subsequent to diagnosis. It is intended to accommodate the growing needs of MGH’s Cancer Center patients who are seeking care closer to