Register now for this series of AIA-Approved Sessions.

Thursday, November 12th – 12PM-1PM

The acoustic environment in a healthcare facility can profoundly impact patient outcomes. Noise is a source of stress for patients and visitors that inhibits rest and recovery. Likewise, noise is a source of stress for healthcare providers that compromises patient safety by increasing the likelihood of medical errors and alarm fatigue. Noise can also mask audible cues from patients and obscure spoken medical information, such as prescriptions, patient histories, and medical orders. Meanwhile speech privacy is essential to protect confidential patient information. As such, acoustics has been included in the FGI Guidelines and LEED for Healthcare. The acoustic environment is also regulated by HIPAA and addressed in HCAHPS surveys, which have a direct financial impact on healthcare providers. Unwanted noise can arise from a number of sources, including the activities of building occupants, medical equipment, medical alarms, building equipment, helipads, roadways, etc. The session will focus on acoustics in healthcare facilities, relevant codes and regulations, and strategies to achieve a safe and healthful acoustic environment. 1 Learning Unit, Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)

Greg Coudriet CTS, INCE, LEED AP BD+C is the Principal of Acoustical Consulting for The Sextant Group. Distinguished as one of the few acousticians in the country credentialed as a LEED AP BD+C, Greg earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Acoustics and Music from the University of Hartford. Greg is an expert in acoustical design, testing, and model with an in-depth knowledge of the impact these elements have on the design and construction of high-performance buildings that are healthful, affordable, and environmentally sound. Greg has presented multiple times at both the Inter-Noise and Noise-Con Conferences and is the Co-Chair of the Building Acoustics Committee for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.

Wednesday, December 2nd – 12PM-1PM

Campuses across the country are shifting to new and exciting learning space models that provide real opportunities for architectural design innovation. This program explores emerging pedagogies and enabling technologies and the related planning, design, and infrastructure issues that planners, architects, and designers face in designing contemporary buildings for education. Examples of the forces impacting pedagogy, new and emerging technologies, and their influence on learning space design will be shared.
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John Cook CTS is Vice President for The Sextant Group. Bringing over 25 years of industry experience, John has worked on over 600 projects across North America becoming a recognized thought leader in technology-enriched collaboration and communication facilities. Cook received a Master of Science in Learning Design & Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Technology Leadership & Innovation from Purdue University. Presentation experience includes the Society for College and University Planners, APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS), NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreations, International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) and Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

There is no charge to attend any or all of these events at The Sextant Group’s Washington’s Landing offices at 700 Waterfront Drive, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, and each session includes a complimentary boxed lunch.

RSVP to Eloise Irwin by email at

The Sextant Group is an AIA CES Approved provider.