TOLEDO, Ohio, January 19, 2010 – Craig Pickerel of SSOE Group, a global architecture, engineering and program management firm, recently became one of the first to receive an evidence based design accreditation and certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design (http://www.healthdesign.org/edac/). The accreditation has been offered for less than a year and has been awarded to only 250 professionals to date. Mounting scientific evidence supports the Evidence Based Design approach to healthcare facility design and its correlation to successful patient outcomes. The EDAC accreditation tests individual knowledge and understanding of how to base healthcare building design decisions on credible research evidence and project evaluation results.
According to Pickerel, the information he learned from The Center for Health Design can be applied to non-healthcare projects, as well. “These tools can improve any type of project, new or existing,” he said. “However, the EDAC principles remain critical in the healthcare industry because every design decision can greatly influence the environment of care and healthcare outcomes.”
Recently, Pickerel successfully met the necessary requirements to become a registered Ohio architect. To obtain this status, Pickerel was required to pass a series of seven state-mandated licensing exams. In addition to passing the licensing exams, the candidate must complete an Intern Development Program and hold a degree from a university accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.
Pickerel holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in architectural and environmental design from Bowling Green State University. Pickerel is accredited by the United States Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED®), as well.
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SSOE Group is an international EPCM firm ranked eleventh among the largest engineering and architecture firms (Building Design + Construction, 2009). SSOE has also been named one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (Building Design + Construction) and as one of the fastest-growing firms by Inc. Magazine, 2009 and ZweigWhite, Hot List 2009.
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