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Healthcare Group: Desert Healing – New Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital in Rancho Mirage
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When: 6/27/2019
5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Dealey Renton & Associates
(don't go upstairs, meeting is in ground floor conference room)
790 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California  91101
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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AIAPF and AIALA Healthcare Committees present...

Desert Healing – New Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital in Rancho Mirage




The financial and clinical success of any health care organization depends on its ability to deliver cost-effective post-acute-care services. Enter the Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Rancho Mirage, a 50-bed rehabilitation hospital, the only freestanding acute rehabilitation facility in the Coachella Valley. The unique hexagonal shape of the building forms a mix of open and private areas to create a serene and rejuvenating, spa-like environment to promote therapeutic healing. Everything from the building’s layout to the rehab garden and 5,000sf PT/OT gym was designed to create interactive, collaborative spaces for integrated care teams to provide individualized care to patients with an aim of maximizing therapy for quicker recovery times. Join us as we deliver an entertaining presentation on challenges and lessons learned from where we started and where we ended up 15 years later. Spoiler alert, you’ll also learn an new acronym – AGOP!

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to build consensus on design and facilitate collaboration and compromise amongst a large number of stakeholders
2. Discover how the design team capitalized on specific program changes made over 13 years of constantly changing owners
3. Understand how regulatory changes affected the project and what steps the team took to minimize negative impacts
4. Understand the challenges in implementing a phased plan review on a partially constructed building and how the project team kept the building permit alive for over 10 years

Thursday, June 27
5:00 - 6:30pm


Dealey Renton & Associates

(don't go upstairs, meeting is in ground floor conference room)
790 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91101


FREE. Kindly RSVP.



Cele Arceo
Project Manager, Puchlik Design Associates

Cele Arceo is a Project Manager at Puchlik Design Associates with over 21 years architectural experience on a diverse range of project types, including mission critical system upgrades and seismic upgrades for healthcare, large-scale retail, commercial, restaurant, religious, and multi-unit residential facilities.  Cele expertise is focused on Construction Management and is adept in addressing the challenges that arise in demanding and complex construction projects with his astute knowledge of codes and regulations. He has a thorough understanding of project leadership from initial development through construction phase, and is adamant in maintaining project schedule and budget in order to achieve the best possible project outcome.


Brian Cravens, AIA
Project Architect, CallisonRTKL

Brian Cravens was most recently Project Manager at Puchlik Design Associates with over 30 years of experience in the architecture industry. Well versed in all aspects of the profession, Brian brings with him a quality portfolio of mixed-use, senior housing, healthcare, municipal facilities, entertainment, religious buildings and commercial projects. Brian was elemental throughout the development of a prototype skilled nursing facility, the first of its kind in California, The Green House project™. His skills are attuned to resolving obstacles with various user groups, public organizations, and government agencies on the local, county and state level. Additionally, Brian is the co-founder and co-chair of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill chapter’s Healthcare Committee, which provides a platform for local healthcare professionals to present ideas and network within the community.


Bruce Macpherson, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Puchlik Design Associates

As principal of Puchlik Design Associates, Bruce Macpherson directs a broad range of projects, providing oversight and leadership to the firm’s professional staff. His extensive knowledge stems from over 30 years experience working within senior housing, education and religious market sectors, with over 20 years in healthcare architecture. Active in a number of notable organizations, Bruce was presented with the prestigious Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award for his continual work with the California Architects Board. Appointed in 2014 as a Board Member on the Hospital Building & Safety Board (HBSB) and the 2015 Chairman of the Board’s Administrative Process & Code Change Committee, Bruce furthers his commitment by serving as Chairman of the HBSB for the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Department (OSHPD). At Puchlik Design Associates, he leads the staff in every aspect of project development and delivery. His “hands-on” management approach provides key guidance to the PDA team.

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