E32 Beyond Ebola: Designing a Premier Special Disease Care Unit

  • Room: Sun Ballroom C
  • Session Number:E32
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Adam O'Brien AIA
Director of Design
CBLH Design
Diane Tate-Whatley IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Vice President, Interiors
Kevin Ortner PMP, EDAC
Director, Transformation Operations and Transition
The MetroHealth System


Designated as one of America’s essential hospitals, The MetroHealth System in Cleveland stepped up to combat Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. With very little design criteria published at the time of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, CBLH Design and CannonDesign quickly teamed together to design a premier Special Disease Care Unit (SDCU) to improve the process and flow as recommended by the new Centers for Disease Control guidelines. The space today is now considered one of the most highly advanced Ebola treatment centers in the U.S. and also serves as a standard airborne infectious isolation room suite.


Learning Objectives

Explore how to design an SDCU within an existing building. Explore how to design a brand new SDCU. Identify improved guidelines as they were developed. Understand how the use of simulation is critical to the design process.

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