HFG ARCHITECURE BUILDS SAFETY EXPERTISE
WICHITA, Kansas – Three HFG Architecture employees completed a 64-hour training to receive the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation. Dwayne Robinett, senior vice president and Tulsa managing principal, Elizabeth Robertson, healthcare architect and Megan Vaeth, senior interior designer, earned the CPTED Professional title through the National Institute of Crime Prevention.
The extensive training is designed to teach professionals in a variety of fields how to improve physical spaces using positive design aspects that are incorporated into the very fabric of the design, seamlessly deployed, leading to enhanced safety and greater perceived security. Predominantly utilized by law enforcement officials, the training teaches the use of intervention methods in environmental spaces to improve the user experience in places like schools, businesses, and healthcare facilities.
“The training gives you a language to speak to design aspects and considerations we already employ,” said Robinett. “Having the vernacular to describe and define why we’re making design choices empowers us to better serve our clients and ultimately healthcare users through holistic design.”
CPTED core principles rely on a layered approach to security that relies on the design of a facility and its surrounding grounds to promote positive interactions with space. Additional traditional security measures (i.e., hardening and security personnel) are then layered on top of the design to ideally create as safe a space as possible.
Veath adds that the training’s value goes beyond the client and allows her to educate her co-workers and fellow designers.
Incorporating safe design principles into healthcare spaces has been a critical need for years, but with an increase in violent incidents in healthcare environments, it was vital that HFG invest in expertise that allows for seamless integration of safe design practices.
“We would rather not rely on mechanical security like mirrors and cameras,” said Robertson. “We design for people, and we want to create a space that is comfortable and gives people the feeling of security and well-being.”
Design elements span from line-of-sight considerations to ease-of-use wayfinding practices – all aspects that play into the overall perception of safety and usability of a healthcare facility.
“I am able to be more comprehensively involved in projects at different stages,” said Veath. “Even aspects that we have thought about before becoming clearer. For instance, landscaping and how low tree canopies hang and how high shrubs come up or where entrances are located and how lighting is used.”
Robinett says the certification is critical to staying innovative as a healthcare architecture firm and points out the diversity of the roles receiving the training. From planning and design to construction and interior design, the HFG team is equipped to utilize the CPTED training to incorporate safety protocols that will enhance healthcare spaces and provide increased security to healthcare workers and patients.
“As a managing principal and participant, I am proud of the investment HFG has made and the effort put in by all who went through the training,” said Robinett.
HFG Architecture will continue its efforts in leading safe design in healthcare architecture. Two additional employees will be taking the training in the fall, adding to the initial group and expanding the firm’s in-house safety expertise.