IKM selects The Advisory Board Company for Healthcare Insights

Shares Membership with the Most Progressive Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

 

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March 1, 2014 -- IKM Incorporated architects, the Pittsburgh-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, has joined a research membership program of The Advisory Board Company, a research, technology and consulting firm with a membership of more than 3,600 of the world’s leading health care organizations.

 

IKM will become a member of the Health Care Industry Committee’s research membership program for architecture firms, contributing their expertise to the already accomplished group of more than 60 architecture firms participating in the membership. 

 

IKM’s goals for the two-year membership with the Advisory Board include increasing the firm’s knowledge-base at all staff levels in healthcare design and project delivery and increasing the firm’s visibility as an expert in healthcare design with clients and potential clients by utilizing the Advisory Board’s extensive resources in their projects.

 

When asked why IKM decided to become members, John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of the firm stated, “It really boils down to fulfilling our mission of providing informed and innovative healthcare architecture that positively impacts the world.”

 

Through the membership, IKM will be granted access to key tools to succeed in today’s complex health care environment. Thus, IKM will apply the revolutionary insights of the Advisory Board to their designs, helping IKM pursue its goal of making its own work the most comprehensive and innovative product on the market.

 

IKM is joining a membership shared by the world's most progressive hospitals and health care organizations. The U.S. membership includes:

 

  • All 17 of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 honor roll hospitals
  • More than 93% of the Leapfrog Group's 2013 "Top Hospitals"
  • Ninety-three of the Healthgrades "100 Best Hospitals"
  • Ninety-nine of the 100 largest U.S. health systems
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The Advisory Board Company will provide analytical tools, research, and peer group-driven insights that will increase IKM’s ability to serve clients more holistically using the rich field of data to help program projects for clients, to benchmark appropriate facilities, and to enhance their understanding of the business of healthcare.

 

IKM Announces Three New Associates

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November 1, 2013 -- IKM Incorporated, a Pittsburgh based Architecture, Planning and Interior Design firm, announced today a  corporate advancement strategy designed to recognize significant contributors to the organization and establish a process for the long term continuity of the firm through leadership development and knowledge transfer.  This new initiative is meant to identify high potential individuals and give them the training and experience needed to step into leadership roles within the firm and our community.
 
It is with great enthusiasm and confidence that the partners of IKM are pleased to announce the following individuals have advanced to the level of Associate:
Tami Greene, AIA,
John Keelan, AIA, &
Jon Lusin, AIA.  
 
Tami, John, and Jon have exhibited significant skills and will be given new opportunities to lead corporate development initiatives, participate in the firm’s marketing efforts, focus on an area of firm operations, and mentor younger members of our staff.  These individuals will help define what it means to be an Associate at IKM and are expected to make substantial contributions to the growth of our firm.
 
 
 
 
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IKM Project Wins People's Choice Design Award

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   The St. Clair Hospital Peters Township Outpatient Center designed by IKM Incorporated Architects was awarded the People's Choice Award Thursday evening as the local design community of architects, engineers and contractors gathered to celebrate the AIA’s Design Pittsburgh 2013. This annual award is given to the one project, out of all of the entries for the year (78 this year) which garners the most votes from the general public through online and in person balloting.
 
     “I believe that this is a testament to our ability to create an innovative solution to a common building type that advances the concept of efficient holistic care within the parameters of a restricted budget,” said John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, President of IKM and Principal in Charge of the project. “The building has been extremely well received and has proven to meet the needs of the Owner, the end user and the public. I am confident that this building does indeed positively impact all those who interact with it.”
 
     The project, a two-story, 40,000 square foot outpatient medical office building is located on Route 19 in Peters Township, Pennsylvania. The building was situated to maximize the prominent street frontage with parking behind the structure. The building was rotated perpendicular to the primary road frontage in order to maximize a southern exposure, allowing natural light to bathe the interior spaces.  These approaches are unique to the Route 19 corridor and present the branding and building identity opportunities valued by the hospital as they expand their care network throughout the South Hills.
 
     “The People’s Choice Award is intended to promote the value of architectural services to the general public in an engaging way. Throughout the month, we highlight the importance and value of good design in our region and its impact on each of us each day,” says AIA Pittsburgh Executive Director Anne Swager.  Design Pittsburgh is the architecture awards celebration hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognizes outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region.  
 
 
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IKM Architect's President, John Schrott, AIA, is Locked Up for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

      Today, IKM architect’s president, John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, reported to the MDA’s site at the Highmark Stadium to serve his sentence as an executive Jail Bird as part of the annual national fundraising efforts. When asked why he agreed to participate, Mr. Schrott said, “I have been thinking about what I do to make a difference in others’ lives for some time. I believe that at this point in my career I am being called to give back to our community. I believe those that are blessed in numerous ways are called to help those in need and that takes many forms.”   
 
     The Executive Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders, like Mr. Schrott, agree to be "put behind bars for good," where they call upon use their business networks, family and friends to secure donations that will go toward their “bail.” 
 
     Mr. Schrott shared that his goal was to raise $3,200 for MDA. As of Lock-Up day, he has exceeded his personal goal. He had supported other colleagues in the past and knew what this event was about and the benefits that it provides to the organization. 
 
     With nearly 40 separate individuals or companies that have donated, Mr. Schrott said, “I am astonished and thankful for the support from my friends, family and colleagues. All I can say is the response I received is incredibly awesome.” 
 
     All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases. 
 
     Mr. Schrott said, “For IKM, we establish with our consultants and contracting community that we believe in the value of giving back to where we work, live and play. We are all in this together, that is what community is all about.”
 
 
 
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Sharing Knowledge, Building Tomorrow’s Architects

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 Pittsburgh Architects, IKM, receive National Award for Training Program

     Interns in architecture aren’t what you think of when you first think “intern.” The generally accepted definition of an intern is a student who is still in school, who is seeking practical work experience for their first resume and who ultimately will use that experience to assist them with securing a job upon graduation. Not so in architecture. In architecture, an intern is an individual who has graduated from (often times) a 5-year professional degree program featuring a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in technology complemented by a study of the history of architecture.

     This is “a period of transition for every architect between the academia and registration,” says Stephen R. Lee, AIA, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

     Upon graduation, an intern architect must complete 5,600 hours of professional practice and then complete the architectural registration exam (ARE). Equivalent to almost three years of full-time work, those hours of practice are catalogued through the National Council of Architectural Registration Board and the IDP, or Intern Development Program.

     The American Institute of Architects announced Pittsburgh-based, IKM Incorporated as a recipient of the National Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award 2012-2015. This award recognizes IKM, one of only 11 firms in the U.S. selected for this honor. IKM is a 100-year old Pittsburgh-based architectural firm, known for such local projects as the Phipps Conservatory Welcome Center and Tropical Forest, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters.

 

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     “We are honored to have this recognition bestowed on our firm,” said Tami P. Greene, AIA, NCARB, senior project manager and registered architect for IKM. “We have worked hard to improve our IDP program to serve the changing needs of our young architects and to reflect our ever-changing profession.”

     “I became aware of IKM’s leadership in IDP when I received a call from Tami P. Greene, AIA, IKM Architect’s IDP Auxiliary Coordinator giving me an update on the progress of recent CMU graduates that had been hired by IKM,” said Lee, Head of CMU’s School of Architecture.  “I am pleased IKM is providing such great leadership in that critical period for every architect. From my experience, most firms don’t fully understand the IDP program, so I was thoroughly impressed with IKM’s vision and commitment.”

     The IKM program was formalized in 2006 with recognition of the need for more structured criteria to aid young architects in their preparation for the professional registration exam (ARE).

     Since that time, the program has grown and developed led by IKM senior project manager and registered architect, Tami P. Greene, AIA, NCARB.

     “It was through my personal experience with the process and discussing the needs of interns in our office that I was able to identify the goals of our program,” stated Ms. Greene.

     “Our IDP program goals are to:

Provide opportunities for a well-rounded experience that efficiently fulfills the IDP requirements and develops the emerging professional;

Supply a current library of study resources and practice tests for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE);

Build a culture where all the staff understand and support the efforts of the intern, contributing every possible opportunity;

Develop a structured format to monitor Interns’ experiences and give them opportunity to voice suggestions, concerns and questions along the way.” 

     IKM implemented an IDP Cohort, in 2008, which consists of a group of individuals on our staff that helps to schedule events, develop resources, and keep the program growing.

     The result is an IKM program that provides direct experience in the field, on job sites; participation with clients at user meetings; requesting opportunities from other Project Managers at bi-weekly staffing meetings until it became part of the office culture; regularly scheduled tours of manufacturing plants; preparing and organizing lessons-learned lunch seminars; and a standing meeting every month with the intern and their supervisor to talk just about the IDP process.

     When asked about the support from the IKM program, Daniel Snider, intern architect and CMU School of Architecture graduate says, “The IKM IDP program is great, I have a supervisor I can talk to about what my concerns are; she makes sure I get the professional practice hours that I need; or we can just discuss things about the architecture profession that I want to know more about.”

     The Intern Development Program Advisory Committee of AIA National chose 11 firms from nationwide submissions that have demonstrated a deep commitment and innovation in the training of the next generation of graduate architects. IKM satisfied all twelve criteria for the award making it an exemplary environment for graduate interns pursuing licensure.

     The Intern Development Program began in 1976 by the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards to ensure the support of graduate architects in the changing profession of architecture. Through a series of required activities, IDP enables participants to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that form t he core competences related to successful architectural practice. IDP is structured in a way that effectively responds tithe training needs of young architects by providing a wide range of resources, established progressive benchmarks, advice and mentor guidance throughout the internship period of a graduate architects training.

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