The HCD 10: Andrew Quirk, Construction/Building Executive
Senior vice president and national director, Healthcare Center of Excellence, Skanska USA Building (Nashville)
Who he is: Quirk’s trifecta of industry experience as an owner, architect, and construction manager has served him well over the past several decades. In his current position as national director of Skanska’s Healthcare Center of Excellence, he’s charged with identifying best practices and developing new technologies and innovations for Skanska’s nationwide healthcare teams. He spearheads Skanska’s efforts in prefabrication and is currently involved in P3 (public-private partnership) projects in London and Sweden to learn the best ways to implement this delivery method in the United States. Quirk also serves as a member of the Healthcare Design Editorial Advisory Board.
Year in review: Quirk played key roles in the construction of such projects as the Smyth County Replacement Hospital in Marion, Va., and the Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., both of which opened in 2012. In addition, he pioneered a proprietary app for Skanska called Visioneering, a tool to analyze a proposed building program and estimate cost, energy efficiency, sustainability, and more.
What’s next: Two big projects are in the works this year: (1) the University Medical Center in New Orleans, a $696 million, 1.5 million-square-foot campus, and (2) the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, for which Skanska is providing preconstruction and construction services to the campus’s new hospital and medical office building using integrated project delivery.
THE HCD 10 (Click any winner's name for more information):
- Architect: Joan Saba, partner, NBBJ (New York)
- Association/foundation executive: Tammy Thompson, president and founder, Institute for Patient-Centered Design (Atlanta)
- Construction/building executive: Andrew Quirk, senior vice president and national director, Healthcare Center of Excellence, Skanska USA Building (Nashville)
- Researcher: Nicholas Watkins, director of research, HOK (New York)
- Facility manager: Dennis Monty, director of facilities planning, compliance, and special projects, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston)
- Interior designer: Jean Hansen, senior professional associate and sustainable interiors manager, HDR Architecture (San Francisco)
- Owner: Gary Kusnierz, vice president, performance excellence, Ministry Health Care (Menasha, Wis.)
- Educator: Frank Zilm, Chester Dean lecturer on healthcare design, University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning
- Rising star (under 40): Natalie Miovski, principal and director of healthcare, EwingCole (Philadelphia)
- Firm of the year: NBBJ (headquartered in Seattle).