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EwingCole is a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, interior design, research, and planning firm of more than 400 professionals in Charlotte, Irvine, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh. Our practice is built on the core values of professional leadership, design excellence, and collaborative relationships to provide the best total solution for our clients, the community, and the environment. Having completed our first Planetree facility in 2008, we are continuously dedicated to creating uplifting and encouraging experiences for patients and work with clients to invent new healthcare delivery practices that improve the quality of care.

Esperanza Harper, EDAC, Six Sigma Green Belt

919.334.6237 (direct)


c. c. hodgson architectural group

"I have an unwavering belief that environments affect people’s behavior.  Design Matters!” ~ Cornelia C. Hodgson

As architects, we have always known that design matters. Design Thinking is a new framework for creative and strategic thinking. Our focus is on the user’s experience – using empathy as a design strategy to facilitate change in healing environments. Equally important is empathy for the staff and organization to assimilate user needs and operational efficiencies.
Creating designs centered around user needs has been our focus for more than 25 years when we first began studying person-centered design in senior living. Our holistic approach is rooted in a Whole-Person Wellness philosophy in which we evaluate our designs against the six dimension of wellness – physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, and emotional.
With offices in Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale, and Washington D.C., c.c. hodgson architectural group has committed significant resources to architectural research.  We have a long-standing belief in evidence-based design, which can greatly augment sound experience and judgment to further validate specific architectural concepts and approaches.

Cornelia C. Hodgson, AIA, Executive Architect


Albert Kahn Family of Companies

Our story goes back to the late 19th century when an innovative and passionate architect named Albert Kahn founded this firm in 1895. Over the years the Kahn family of professionals and companies has grown and expanded. Our passion is to inspire innovative facility designs that advance the art of patient centered care, support the emotional and physical needs of patients, and streamline the functions of caregivers. In 2009 the firm was certified by Planetree as one of five Founding Firms of the Planetree Visionary Design Network (PVDN). We are committed to the Planetree Principles and are proud to have completed nine Planetree hospitals, including six new hospitals for Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois, and the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2005, we joined the U.S. Green Building Council, and nearly 100 of our professional staff are LEED accredited professionals. The firm has designed four LEED certified hospitals.

Robb Sharrow AIA, ACHA, EDAC , Vice President

Boulder Associates, Inc.

Boulder Associates Architects has exclusively specialized in healthcare and senior living design since our founding in 1983. With offices in Colorado and northern and southern California, Boulder Associates maintains a staff of over 70 architects, interior designers and other professionals who all share a belief in the power of design to enrich lives.Our passion to set new standards for healthy healing environments invariably brought us to our involvement with Planetree. Years of commitment to the organization and a strong alliance with their mission and goals led to our successful certification in becoming a member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network in 2010. Our goal is to become a leader in design for health and aging by establishing ourselves as trusted advisors to our clients, and serving their goals and missions as our own. We do this by bringing our person-centered design approach, strong technical expertise, and reputation for client service to serve the most progressive healthcare and senior living organizations all across the country.

Todd Henderson AIA, Leed AP BD+C, Principal

Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.

Anyone who has a passion for design should also have a passion for humanity." This is the belief of ESa's founder Earl Swensson and the guiding principle on which he founded the firm in 1961. Human-centered design and the provision of personal service form the core of ESa's existence.

In recognition of the firm's beliefs and practices, Planetree inducted ESa into the Planetree Visionary Design Network in 2009 as one of five charter member architecture and design firms, validating ESa's 50 years of creating healing healthcare environments designed to lift human spirits and improve outcomes.

With architects registered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ESa has worked in 48 states as well as 16 countries. Over 90 percent of the firm's work is in healthcare design, including new greenfield and expansions/renovations of hospitals, medical centers, specialty facilities and medical office buildings as well as senior living design. ESa is consistently ranked among the top healthcare design firms in the country by Modern Healthcare.

Todd Robinson, Principal

S/L/A/M Collaborative


Since 1989, The S/L/A/M Collaborative has been at the forefront of implementing Planetree designs and has played an integral role in the development of patient and family focused care in hospitals throughout the United States. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Connecticut and NY, SLAM is a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary architectural firm that offers an array of services including facility master planning, space programming, interior design, structural engineering, landscape architecture, construction services, cost estimating, and sustainable design. As a leader in the implementation of Planetree principles, SLAM recognizes that there is not one approach that fits all institutions. The need for dialogue between the architectural team and the institution's leadership during the design process is essential. Applying Planetree principles begins with the recognition that architectural planning can impact organizational and behavior changes. SLAM strives to engage the stakeholders in the design process, stressing the importance of the physical environment in healing as a means of further developing the institution's mission.

Karrie Frasca‐Beaulieu, IIDA, EDAC, Associate

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