As reported in Healthcare Design magazine, HMC Architects announced that Warren Rutledge, AIA has joined the firm’s healthcare practice to bolster its growth and expertise.

Serving as senior project architect, Rutledge brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and unique skillsets rooted in leading collaborative integrated deliveries, BIM leadership, technical documentation, and construction administration. With his genuine knowledge of healthcare project nuance, he will be leading efforts in Life Safety strategy, facilitating municipality relationships, and project execution.

Located in HMC’s Phoenix office, Rutledge will be instrumental in serving and expanding the firm’s healthcare client base by developing construction documents to lead the team through construction and project closeout, technical oversight on documentation, code reviews, Life Safety plans and serving as a mentor to junior staff.

“We are excited to welcome Warren as a valuable addition to our dedicated team,” said Matt Lafflam, AIA, managing principal. “His strong healthcare background, unique thought process, and ability to provide technical oversight to solve complex problems will be an undeniable asset to our clients and our thriving healthcare practice.”

Rutledge received his architecture degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. and shares HMC’s deep commitment to healthcare thought leadership. As a client’s trusted advisor, his penchant for strategic research—along with his technical experience—consistently delivers high-quality solutions.

Previously with SmithGroupJJR in Phoenix, Rutledge served as a project architect and technical lead for the firm’s Interiors and Workplace Group. Some of his noteworthy healthcare projects include the Banner Health Emergency Department workflow renovation project, the Banner Health Ironwood Medical Center hospital expansion to the Obstetrics, Labor and Delivery Departments; and MRI, Angiography and SPEC-CT buildouts at Banner Baywood Medical Center.

Rutledge’s shared values of excellence and experience with healthcare clients will enhance HMC’s large project leadership abilities and competitive position. He joins HMC at a time when the firm is capitalizing on significant opportunities in the healthcare sector. The firm recently completed construction of Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nev., the First People’s Hospital in Shunde, China, and is currently designing projects for some of the nation’s largest healthcare providers in northern and southern California, Oregon, and Arizona.