Steffian Bradley Architects: 2016 Highlights

2016 was a great year for Steffian Bradley Architects: there were architect valentines, impressive projects, thought leadership soared, wonderful new hires, and deserving promotions. We are taking a moment to look back at a successful year with a recap, while we look forward to tackling 2017 with zest! 

SBA kicked off the year with exciting management changes based off the implementation of our five-year strategic plan. We named a new president of U.S. Operations, a new management structure for our Boston Office, and welcomed three new stockholders


In February, we celebrated some punny love with our second edition of architect valentines


From left to right: UConn Health John dempsey Patient Tower; Baystate Medical Center Southwing Fitout; Northern Dutchess New Addition; BIDMC Farr 8 Inpatient Renovation. 

Throughout the year, we had some fantastic projects finish up. The 381,000 SF UCONN Health John Dempsey Patient Tower, designed in partnership with HKS, Inc., completed to rave reviews.

Another exciting project that we completed in 2016 was the Baystate Medical Center Hospital of the Future Southwing Fitout & Inpatient Pharmacy Relocation. This project was delivered with integrated project delivery partners Baystate Health (Owner), Suffolk Construction Company (Construction Manager), Grodsky (Mechanical Contractor), Universal (Electrical Contractor), and Vanderweil (MEP Engineers). The IPD delivery allowed for over a million dollars in cost savings and an accelerated schedule, with the project completing early. Check out this video!

We completed a patient-centered new building addition and surgery center at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY.  The 87,000 SF project was designed with the concepts of lean medical planning, the rooms are identical in layout and equipment in order to reduce medical errors and to increase efficiency.

Another highlight was the completion of the Farr 8 inpatient floor renovation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA, which was also designed utilizing lean medical planning and gaming techniques in order to create the best patient and staff centered healthcare environment. 


In April, Science + Technology expert Jon Romig  joined the firm to lead one of our emerging specialties.  Since welcoming Jon on board we have won two Science + Technology focused jobs and are looking forward to continue growth in this sector in 2017!  


We celebrated the Red Sox opening day with style.


President of U.S. Operations Kirsten Waltz was featured in the Hartford Business Journal.


SBA thought leaders presented at conferences all across the country and were published in multiple journals and publications.

Executive Principal Steve Van Ness spoke at Bisnow Boston’s Healthcare Expansion Forum on the Retailization of Healthcare and at the NEHES Spring Seminar with a presentation titled ‘Making the Most of your Capital resources: Renovation vs New Build.’

Associate Kris Kennedy was in Chicago at the Lean Construction Institute Congress, presenting with Suffolk Construction and Baystate Medical Center on integrated project delivery.

Lean design expert and Managing Director Teresa Wilson told us the ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’ in lean healthcare planning.

CEO Kurt Rockstroh presented everywhere, from the ASHE Annual Meeting in Denver, CO to Health Guidelines Revision Committee in St. Louis, MO! 

Marketing Manager Samantha VanSchoick inspired attendees to be passionate during her MAX Talk at the SMPS Build Business Conference in Philly.

Executive Principal and Design Director Derek Noble wrote about redefining the patient experience in pediatric healthcare design.

SBA and Sterling Planning Alliance hosted a Gemba Walk for the International Group for Lean Construction in our Boston office. The presentation was led by Executive Principal Teresa Wilson, Operations Director Ai Kurokawa, President of U.S. Operations Kirsten Waltz, and Senior Associate Karri May.

President of US Operations Kirsten Waltz was in Orlando at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo presenting on Post-Occupancy Evaluations in Healthcare Design. She also spoke to many industry associations including the Construction Institute and Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter.

Boston Design Director Chu Foxlin wrote Beyond Wet and Dry: The Changing Landscape of the Life Sciences Workplace.


SBA Boston launched a healthy snack program that gives back to the community. 


We competed against local A/E/C industry members in the annual design-build competition, Canstruction, where we created a colossal a pea-ceful alien.  

So many promotions and new hires!

Sterling Planning Alliance Adds Data Analyst/Planner

SBA Welcomes Four

SBA Announces Three Promotions in Connecticut Office

SBA Promotes Three


Our annual SBA Boston versus SBA Enfield Softball game and picnic ended with a Boston victory! 


The Baystate Medical Center Children’s Playdeck won a Western Massachusetts AIA Design Award.  

SBA Boston took on the Mannequin Challenge


Sterling Planning Alliance, an in-house division of SBA that offers strategic planning for the healthcare industry, celebrated their 20 year anniversary and launched their new and improved website:


We reached 1,000 followers on Instagram


Thank you for helping us make 2016 a successful year - here's to 2017! 

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