BSA LifeStructures

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BSA LifeStructures is an international architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm currently has offices in Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis with three affiliate companies: LifeStructures Technology Planning, Design Media Connections and Transportation Consulting & Management.


BSA LifeStructures was originally founded in 1975 as Boyd/Sobieray Associates, Inc., from the merger of an engineering firm founded by Dwight Boyd and an architectural firm founded by Richard Sobieray. The market area of both firms—healthcare facilities—required a seamless interaction of architectural and engineering services. By 1977, the firm employed 23 people with four principals which included Dick Radcliff and Don Altemeyer. In the early 1980s BSA LifeStructures diversified into the research and higher education markets as the firm continued its growth.

Part of BSA LifeStructures' growth was a direct result of firm's third principal, Dick Radcliff, emphasizing the importance of construction administration for all projects within the firm. Don Altemeyer, the firm’s fourth original principal, became president of the corporation in 1987 and spearheaded the transition from a mid-sized firm to a large one. The firm grew from 50 to 100 people by 1990, with ownership being held by ten principals and associate principals. In 1991, the firm’s name was changed from Boyd/Sobieray Associates, Inc. to BSA Design to reflect the expanded ownership opportunities within the corporation.

As a designer of sustainable facilities for healthcare, universities and life sciences, the company changed its name to BSA LifeStructures in 2003 to reflect their understanding that all buildings are designed to serve the people who live, work and interact in them. Today, supported by over 200 people, including affiliated companies; BSA LifeStructures has consistently earned high national rankings in the design of healing, learning and discovery facilities.

Innovation and Evidence-Based Design[edit]

BSA LifeStructures is one of the innovators of evidence-based design in healthcare - an approach fundamental to healthcare architecture where operations and design work together to meet healthcare delivery objectives in a dynamic environment. The firm created one of the first nursing units in the United States that set out to improve outcomes for patients, family and staff in the healing environment. This 1999 project - the Cardiac Comprehensive Critical Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital - used facility, operational and satisfaction data to drive the development of a nursing unit and “future-state” patient room that has become a national model in patient room design[7]. This project is one of the founding Pebble Projects for the Center for Health Design[8].

Evidence-based design is an accumulation of ideas and opportunities to improve the process for all who are involved in the design. BSA LifeStructures utilizes a four-part approach of evidence-based design that includes exploration of facility design; operational improvements; research; and patient, family and staff satisfaction. Benchmarks are established from these categories to guide design projects. The process includes pre- and post-project evaluations through a partnership with Press Ganey, an independent specialist for satisfaction measurement and improvement services in the healthcare industry.

Awards and honors[edit]

Purdue University “Martin Jischke Hall – Biomedical Engineering”

2006 American School & University Architectural Portfolio – Outstanding Building[1]

Margaret Mary Community Hospital “The Hansen Center – Oncology and Outpatient Clinic”

Healthcare Design Magazine 2006 Architectural Showcase – Citation of Merit Award[2]

Modern Healthcare Design “2005 Modern Healthcare Design Award Citation Winner”[3]

Clarian Health Partners, Inc. “Clarian Pathology Laboratory”

American Council of Engineering Companies – Honor Award, 2007 Engineering Excellence Award[4]

2009 AIA Indiana Distinguished Firm of Year[5]

University of Notre Dame “Stinson Remick Hall – Multidisciplinary Engineering Teaching and Research Facility”

2011 The American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana - Grand Project Award[9]

Notable Projects[edit]

1984 - Community Hospital North

1986 - Riley Hospital for Children-Phase 3

1988 - Indiana University School of Medicine-"Medical Research & Library Bldg"

1993 - IU Health-"Medical Library and Conference Ctr."-Methodist Hosp., IU Health-"Indiana Cancer Pavilion"

1994 - Roudebush VA Medical Center - Outpatient Services and Clinical Improvements

1995 - Charleston Area Medical Center-"Surgery Replacement Center"

1996 - Indiana University School of Medicine-"Cancer Research Institute"

1997 - Indiana University School of Medicine-"Medical Science Ctr. Phase 1"

1999 - St. Elizabeth Regional Health-"Oncology Institute of Greater Lafayette", St. Vincent Health-"Ruth Lilly Conference Center",

IU Health-"Cardiac Comprehensive Critical Care Unit"

2000 - St. Vincent Health-"Seton Cove Spiritual Center", Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome, Boy Scouts of America-"Camp Kikthawenund Dining Hall"

2001 - Indiana University Kokomo-"Virgil & Elizabeth Hunt Hall", Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law-"Lawrence W. Inlow Hall",

Memorial Hospital of South Bend-"100 Navarre Place"

2002 - Indiana University-"Biotechnology Research & Training Center", Indiana University Kelley School of Business-"Graduate & Executive Education Center"

2003 - Indiana Heart Hospital & Medical Office Building, Indiana University-"Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute"

2004 - Indiana University-"Special Medicine Center at MOI Teaching & Referral Hospital in Eldoret"

2005 - Margaret Mary Community Hospital-“The Hansen Center – Oncology and Outpatient Clinic”, OrthoIndy-"Indiana Orthopeadic Hospital",

University of Notre Dame & Indiana University-"Raclin Carmicheal Hall"

2006 - IU Health-Pathology Laboratory, Purdue University-“Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering”,

Second Presbyterian Church-"Gathering Space & Youth Area Expansion"

2007 - Franciscan St. Francis Health-“Surgery and Inpatient Nursing Expansion-Mooresville”

2008 - Indiana University Health-“Fairbanks Hall – Education and Resource Center”, Indiana University School of Medicine- “Research III”,

Lakeland HealthCare-“Inpatient Pavilion”, WakeMed Cary Hospital-“Vertical Expansion”,

Sinai Health System-“Site Utilization and Master Planning for Hospital Modernization and Ambulatory Care Center”

2009 - Charleston Area Medical Center-“Heart & Vascular Center”, St. Elizabeth Regional Health-"Replacement Hospital",

University of Notre Dame “Stinson Remick Hall–Multidisciplinary Engineering Teaching and Research Facility”, Purdue University-“Hall for Discovery and Learning Research”

2010 - Hendricks Regional Health-“Surgery and Bed Tower Expansion”, KishHealth System-"The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital",

Carlinville Area Hospital-"Replacement Hospital"

2011 - Franciscan St. Francis Health-"Indianapolis Campus Expansion", Lakeland HealthCare-"Marie Yeager Cancer Center", Indiana University and University of Notre Dame-"Harper Hall"

LEED Certified Projects[edit]

Indianapolis International Airport[6]

BP Cantera III[6]

Indiana University "Incubator Building" - Silver Certified [6]

BSA LifeStructures Chicago Office - Gold Certified[6]

Butler University, College of Pharmacy Expansion - Gold Certified[6]

Woodlawn Hospital, Hospital Addition and MOB[6]

University of Notre Dame, Stinson-Remick Hall, Gold Certified[6]


1. American School & University Architectural Portfolio “American School & University”, Nov. 2006

2. 2006 Architectural Showcase – Citation of Merit Award “Healthcare Design Magazine”

3. Citation “Modern Healthcare Magazine”

4. 2007 Engineering Excellence Award “American Council of Engineering Companies”

5. AIA Indiana


7. Effects of Acuity-Adaptable Rooms on Flow of Patients and Delivery of Care American Journal of Critical Care,2004

8. Role of the Physical and Social Environment in Promoting Health, Safety, and Effectiveness in the Healthcare Workplace The Center for Health Design, 2006

9. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana

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