By HCO Staff
DENVER—Global integrated design firm Stantec has expanded its health sector presence in Denver with the addition of five strategic hires. A commitment to supporting the area’s evolving health landscape, this investment marks an exciting time in Stantec’s health sector growth, building upon an already robust architecture and engineering practice in the Rocky Mountain Region.
“I am elated to support these talented experts. Together, they have tremendous power to innovate in the region for healthcare systems with the full support of our global practice as we advance our vision – to improve health worldwide through the power of design,” said Brenda Bush-Moline, Stantec’s global health sector leader. “We are meeting the moment in this rapidly growing Denver community and surrounding Rocky Mountain region with focused commitment and a formidable team.”
The burgeoning team will be led by seasoned health planner and American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) board certified architect, Alisa Rice, who is deeply committed to clients in the region and the communities they care for. Serving clients across the region and nationally for more than two decades, her portfolio includes transformative projects for Children’s Hospital Colorado, Intermountain Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“We’ve put together an exemplary team that is eager to be continually learning and be challenged by helping clients and doing the work they are passionate about,” said Rice. “We are looking forward to tackling projects from large and complex to smaller community-based clinics in the region and see a bright future ahead.”
Joining Rice as senior medical planner is Robyn Linstrom, a vibrant industry leader who has been committed to health design services and advancing design for behavioral health in the region for more than two decades. Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah currently have some of the highest prevalence of mental illness and lowest rates of access to care (Mental Health America). Linstrom was hand-picked to help clients address this need and expand mental health services across the region. Her notable behavioral health projects include Mind Springs Health West Springs Hospital, Denver Solution Center, and UNMH Behavioral Health Crisis Center.
Rounding out the team is senior design coordinator, Thomas Giles; interior design coordinator, Vega Vashtiary; and healthcare design coordinator, Watchara Umboontham. Collectively they bring new energy, an empathetic approach, significant technical skills, and a deep familiarity with the unique complexities of delivering healthcare projects in the region, including those faced by rural and remote communities. The team regularly volunteers in the community and are engaged with several industry organizations such as the Association of Medical Facility Professionals board and Women in Healthcare as members and on the mentoring committee.