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Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture in Health Care Design

The built environment is a physical expression of the brand and values of an organization. Practitioners in the design and construction industry know that the expertise of civil engineers and landscape architects, among many others, are important components of a healthcare facility design team. Yes, utilities, stormwater, parking, circulation, and landscape are all essential building blocks of a project, but how do these elements combine with the architecture to create facilities that evoke a positive emotional experience for its users? How does the design and planning of a healthcare campus begin to communicate an understanding of the customer’s needs, emotions, and outlook on health?

A fundamental notion is that one’s experience is contextual and affected by the setting or circumstances in which the event occurs. It is influenced by everything else in the user’s life, including their emotional mindset in the moment. In this webinar, participants will learn how civil and landscape design can influence what one experiences to create a sense of certainty and control in an often-uncertain circumstance.


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Travis Mathews

Director of Institutional Services

Travis Mathews joined Environmental Design Group in 2005. Mr. Mathews serves as the leader for the Institutional client service group that integrates project teams of civil engineering, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, water resource engineering, surveying, environmental sciences, and construction management. As a licensed Landscape Architect, and LEED™ accredited professional, he has more than 25 years of professional experience working on many of the firm’s most complex, multi-disciplinary site development projects. Projects of note include the Akron Children’s Hospital Kay Jewelers Pavilion, Summa Health Systems West Tower, Akron General/Cleveland Clinic Emergency Department, and the Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center. Travis studied at West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 1994 .