ASHE 55th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

G361-AAC18-2281 - Form Follows Function: A Collaborative Approach for Functional Program Guidelines

Jul 17, 2018 9:45am ‐ Jul 17, 2018 10:45am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00
Members: $15.00


A common challenge faced by facilities and designers regulated by the FGI is the creation of a “functional program.” This presentation describes a collaborative effort between facilities, designers, and an authority having jurisdiction to create a tool to assist in creating a functional program. Attendees will review the tool, discuss the process, and describe in conceptual terms how a program is used. This tool includes high-level direction for creating a Basis of Design narrative and risk assessments.

  • Pinpoint WHO should be involved in drafting a functional program and WHY a functional program is important when designing, licensing and constructing a building
  • Recognize HOW the regulatory authority uses the functional program and HOW active problem-solving between facilities, designers and AHJs can be mutually beneficial
  • Identify WHAT is important to include in a functional program
  • Recognize WHEN the functional program evolves during the design process from conceptual needs to operational function


  • John Williams, Program Manager, Construction Review Services, Washington State Department of Health
  • Susan Upton, RA, Senior Plans Reviewer, Construction Review Services, Washington State DOH
  • Lois Broadway, RA, Principal, TGB Architects
  • Diann Bagley, RN, BSN, Medical Planner, EvergreenHealth


Credits: None available.

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