What if?
Exactly! Remove the barriers. Block out what you’ve been told can’t be done. How often is an innovative design solution compromised due to codes and regulations, budget constraints, an unrealistic deadline, or reluctance to take a risk? Imagine if none of that were in play … Consider where you think healthcare is heading and the built environment that will be required to support it, and take us there now!

Let’s do it!
Healthcare Design is excited to announce an awards program unlike any other we’ve done before. Breaking Through is a conceptual design competition. We’re looking for imaginative, innovative, and inspiring ideas. Breaking Through isn’t about what you’ve already accomplished; it’s about what you could imagine for healthcare if the rules didn’t apply. What’s your vision? Plan it, draw it, create it, and show us.

The jury is in
The first round of submissions must include professional quality renderings/drawings, building plans, a project narrative, and detailed responses to program questions.
Next, a jury of senior-level design professionals, consultants, and healthcare providers will assess the submissions and narrow those down to a group of finalists. Results will be issued on Aug. 10, 2018.

Finalists will then have 12 weeks to prepare for a 10-minute presentation on stage at the 2018 Healthcare Design Expo and Conference (Nov. 10-13, 2018, Phoenix). Live presentations must include high-quality visuals of the space (BIM models and/or video flythroughs encouraged). All finalists will receive up to three complimentary full-conference registrations (a $4,350 value).

$10,000 grand prize
Following the live presentations, HCD Expo attendees will vote in real-time to determine which project will receive Breaking Through’s grand prize: $10,000. Winners will be named on-site. All finalists’ projects will receive editorial coverage in Healthcare Design magazine and other Emerald Exposition commercial design brands, as well as extensive public relations exposure.

Competition Highlights
Projects that do not make our “finalist” round won’t go unnoticed! For those that take the time to prepare quality presentations that meet our guidelines, we’ll feature your project within a special section of our website showcasing the competition highlights. Firms will have the option to opt-out of the online exposure, if they wish.

How to take part
Individuals or teams may register online at HCDmagazine.com by Feb. 16, 2018. To register, use our online form here. Registration will require a brief description of the project, contact information, and a nonrefundable registration fee of $495 (due with each project registered). Multiple projects may be submitted. Non-U.S. residents are not eligible to receive grand prize winnings, but may participate on a team with members who do reside within the U.S. Vendors/manufacturers are not eligible to compete; however sponsorships are available. Contact Kristin Zeit (kristin.zeit@emeraldexpo.com) for more information.

Instructions for preparing presentations for the first-round project screening process will be issued to the primary contact. Presentations will be due no later than June 15, 2018. The finalists named on Aug. 10, 2018, must submit their HCD Expo presentation materials no later than Nov. 2, 2018. Projects will be reviewed by the editors of Healthcare Design in advance, and finalists will be contacted prior to the event to resolve any questions or concerns. For more information regarding program details, contact Donna Paglia (donna.paglia@emeraldexpo.com)


Terms and Conditions: Each entry must be original and have been created solely by the entrant(s).  In addition, each entry must comply with the following guidelines: (a) the entry must not exhibit or otherwise promote any illegal, violent, dangerous or discriminatory behavior or contain any material that is political, threatening, indecent, violent, obscene or offensive; (b) the entrant must own the copyright in the entry; (c) the entry must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark or right of privacy or publicity, or that defames any person, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable law or regulation.  By making an entry, the entrant represents and warrants that he or she has complied with all of the foregoing requirements. Where permitted by law, the winner grants (and agrees to confirm said grant in writing upon the request of the Sponsor) to Sponsor, and those acting pursuant to Sponsor’s direction or control, the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the Internet, at any time or times, the winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without additional consideration and without notice, review or approval, except where prohibited by law. Further, winner will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, a Publicity Release (where lawful), and provide evidence of identity and age with a social security number and a valid state or federally issued identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport), all within fourteen (14) days of prize notification. If said documents are not returned timely, or if a winner is found not to have complied with these Official Rules, declines the prize for any reason, or is ineligible for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to an alternate winner.  WINNER WILL BE ISSUED A FORM 1099 (OR FORM 1042 IF A NON-U.S. CITIZEN) FOR TAX PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF THE ACTUAL RETAIL VALUE OF THE PRIZE AND MUST SUBMIT HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AS REQUIRED BY LAW. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES IMPOSED ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRIZE ARE SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.  By participating, participants release and agree to hold harmless Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind to persons (including, without limitation, death) or property, arising directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from or in connection with the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, participation in this Competition, or any Competition-related activity, including any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of the Released Parties.  Without limiting the foregoing, everything regarding this Competition, including the prize, is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE EVENT THAT THE PRECEDING RELEASE IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE INVALID OR VOID FOR ANY REASON, THE PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT, BY ENTERING THE COMPETITION, (I) ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES; AND (II) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND PARTICIPANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.