HMC Architects’ Senior Project Manager Marty Fifer, AIA, NCARB, DBIA, EDAC has successfully completed the Design-Build Institute of America’s comprehensive education, training, and certification testing program to achieve the design-build industry’s designation as a nationally certified Associate Design-Build Professional®.

Fifer’s experience in healthcare architecture spans nearly every project type and delivery method. As a senior project manager in HMC’s Los Angeles studio, he supports several healthcare clients across California. Currently, he serves on the team designing the Clovis Community Medical Center Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Department Expansion projects. Growing up, Fifer listened as his mother, a nurse, would lament not being able to provide the care she and her team wanted to — mostly due to inefficient spaces, poor lighting and ventilation, and wasteful systems. The fact that efforts in design innovation and Lean practices can provide better experiences for patients and healthcare professionals, has been a significant motivation throughout his career.

The DBIA is a membership organization founded to advocate and advance single-source project delivery within the design and construction community. The design-build method of project delivery embraces architecture, engineering, and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. In addition to public- and private-sector project owners, DBIA members include practitioners from all project phases.

“With market changes in cost escalation and changes in healthcare delivery, it is important that architects foster a more collaborative design and project delivery process with the project team early in the project schedule,” said Fifer. “The Design-Build project delivery method brings all team members (architects and designers, planners, owner, users, contractors, engineers and trade partners) together early in the project to provide innovative design solutions that adhere to both cost and schedule constraints.”