SRa Celebrates 20 Years
In June of 1998, 20 years ago, Sperides Reiners Architects was founded and opened their doors to a small office on the west side with a drafting board and a dream. Since that time, the company has expanded to include a staff of 18 employees (all using computers), a diverse mix of market sectors including health-care, housing for the aging, corporate/commercial/retail, and sports facilities in addition to an interiors department. The result is over 500 completed projects and countless happy clients.
Nick & Eric would like to humbly express sincere and heartfelt gratitude and thanks to our clients, contractors, vendors, consultants, staff members, friends and most importantly family for their unwavering support and continued business. Here's to another 20 years!
Nick and Eric still have drafting boards.
Welcome Choy Leow as SRa's newest Health Care Design Consultant
Sperides Reiners Architects is thrilled to announce the addition of Choy Leow as a Healthcare Design Consultant. Choy has over 28 years of experience and has a very unique career path spanning from architectural practice to owner representation. Choy’s areas of expertise include design, scope definition, options exploration, budget development, team management, prequalifying process and service intricacies all within a major health system.
When asked what his favorite part about working within the health care industry from a design and architectural perspective was, he replied “Tough to pick just one simply because there have been many gratifying moments in opportunities I have served throughout the care continuum. If I may pick two, they’d be the privilege to influence designs that on one end, create environments that bring lives to our good earth in mother-baby centers. And on the other end, dignified, gracious and comforting hospice and palliative options for those facing end-of-life to bid farewell to families & loved ones. It is an honor to help SRa strengthen its healthcare architectural services.”
SRa is looking forward to bringing Choy into our various health care projects.
SRa Expands our Heathcare Team to Include Denton Mack as Senior Project Manager
In May, Denton Mack joined Sperides Reiners Architects as a Senior Project Manager.
Through his 24 years of experience, Denton has developed an understanding of overall project delivery in both design/build and traditional bid techniques. Denton manages the internal and external teams for the work involved in the development of architectural projects through construction, realizing the key to a successful project is communication.
When asked what first drew him to architecture – specifically the project management side of architecture, he replied “My path to architecture started when I was growing up watching and helping my Dad work on the construction side of remodeling and maintaining buildings. In high school, I took architectural drafting and building technology classes and went on to graduate from Northwest Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN. I started my career as an architectural drafter but my desire to learn and grow lead me to continue my professional development and education through extension classes, trainings and certifications. I began taking on more responsibilities as I gained experience in the field which has lead me to my current position as a project manager in the healthcare industry.
As a project manager I have been given the opportunity to help clients realize their vision by guiding them through the program, budget, schedule, design, construction observation, and ultimately occupancy of their new building and/or space. My work in health care design has been very enjoyable and satisfying and I look forward to working with our clients and using my experience of orchestrating a team of professionals to reach the common goal of functional and healing environments."
Welcome to the team Denton!
Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate and Twin Cities Orthopedics partner with SRa
Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate and Twin Cities Orthopedics has partnered with Sperides Reiners Architects, to design four new Medical Office buildings across the Twin Cities.
Twin Cities Orthopedics, the largest orthopedic physician group in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the nation, has experienced major growth in the past several years and anticipates this growth to only continue as they have established themselves as leaders in the field of orthopedic care, physical therapy, and sports performance training.
New locations in Woodbury, Vadnais Heights, Edina, and Blaine will support the growing need for services and offer a wide variety of orthopedic care including sports performance training, physical therapy, orthopedic urgent care, ambulatory surgery, hand therapy, and more.
Sperides Reiners Architects has worked with TCO to develop interior and exterior design branding standard that will be carried throughout each of the new facilities. Each location will offer an energizing atmosphere and state-of-the-art services and equipment providing patients with all-inclusive care and support ranging from injury prevention, rehabilitation, urgent care and recovery.
Opus partners with Sperides Reiners Architects and Ebenezer for new Senior Housing Facility
The Opus Group, a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country, has hired Sperides Reiners Architects to design a new senior living complex to be built on the Southeast quadrant of Hopkins Crossroad and I-394 in Minnetonka. The facility will be managed by Ebenezer, one of the largest and most successful senior housing operators in Minnesota.
Crest Ridge Senior Living will house 127 independent and assisted living apartments together with a 20-suite memory care wing. The facility will be a 4-story wood frame structure over underground parking that will offer the full range of independent living amenities and assisted living services, all under one roof. The new building will offer residents and their guests a variety of amenities including community rooms, club room, restaurant-style dining, activity spaces, fitness and wellness facilities, chapel, guest suite and one-of-a-kind site design. Additionally, most of the apartments will include balconies.
Market analyses indicate that the need for more available senior housing is only going to rise in the coming years, and area residents who attended an open neighborhood meeting expressed genuine enthusiasm when they learned about this new project.
Sperides Reiners Architects, Opus and Ebenezer are working hard as a team to ensure that neighbors, future residents and their guests will celebrate this new senior community as they all enjoy the many benefits it will provide.
Three Trends in Health Care Design
As competition continues to grow in health care today and consumers’ expectations for care and amenities rise, providers are looking for ways to improve their service and facilities to attract patients and retain staff. As designers with a special focus on health care we have to stay on top of these trends to ensure that we are preparing our clients for the future, while providing them with this competitive edge.
One trend that has been on the rise is Patient-Centered Care. This concept moves the focus from the provider to the patient, rather than “you come to us”, the idea is that “we’ll come to you.” With more medical reimbursements tied to patient satisfaction surveys, health care providers are changing the way they deliver care to improve the patient experience and improve the environment for staff.
Long wait times for appointments, lack of privacy, noisy or institutional looking surroundings are all factors that can easily sour a patient’s experience in a health care facility, whether it be a clinic, surgery center, therapy space, or skilled care setting. These factors can also negatively impact employee satisfaction, leading to higher turnover rates.
Our clients look to us to help them design their new facility or redesign their existing facility to eliminate these common complaints. We recently helped one of our clients redesign their waiting room, so that the registration staff is no longer sitting behind a large desk. Instead, they sit at tables out in the waiting room so that they are more accessible to the patients. Our client found that not only did this improve the patient experience, but the staff found greater satisfaction in their work. We also worked with this client to develop a “Step Study” to identify how many steps staff were taking each day. We used this study to create a new floor plan that would reduce the number of steps, making the job easier and more efficient for staff.
Understanding Biophilia and integrating it into the design of a health care space is another way we help our clients improve the patient experience. Biophilia is the idea that human beings are innately drawn to connect with nature and the natural world. Studies have indicated that when patients in health care settings are exposed to nature, it reduces their stress and enables them to heal faster. As designers we work with our clients to create an environment that provides as many connections to nature as possible. This can be done with direct connections to the outdoors such as courtyards and large windows. We can also bring nature indoors with living plant walls, large wall graphics, and the use of colors and textures drawn from our natural surroundings.
Acoustics is another key consideration in health care design. Noisy hard floors, overhead paging systems, large expansive waiting rooms packed with chairs all contribute to poor acoustics and stress for patients and care givers. We work with our clients to reduce noise in all areas of the facility by providing materials to absorb noise and creating wall assemblies that mitigate noise transmission. Many clients are using new technology to eliminate the need for overhead paging systems.
Patient-centered care, biophilia and acoustics are just three of the key considerations we integrate into health care design today to improve the physical space for patients and staff. Visit our web site again soon, to learn more about health care design.