2017 Newsletter: Edition Four

2017: A Year of Evolution

This past year has seen our firm transform and evolve in a number of ways. Not only did we move offices and launch a new website, but throughout the introspection and focus inspired by those two events we also crafted a new mission statement: Making Place for the Human Spirit. We’ve seen our team grow through the addition of several talented individuals who share our drive and passion to provide design that brings mission-centered visions to life.

Though this change has certainly transformed the appearance of our firm, we have never felt truer to what we stand for and what we are passionate about. We continue to help bring our clients’ aspirations, goals, and organizations to new heights and we love every single day of it.

To our clients, colleagues, and friends – thank you.

From all of us at TSA, may the new year bring you happiness and success!



HCD Healthcare Design Expo + Conference Recap

Attending the annual HCD this year was an opportunity to gain insight while networking with healthcare design leaders from across the country. The outstanding keynote speakers inspired me to participate in the ongoing disruption of heathcare delivery through continuous evolution. The expo included all the latest innovations in technology and materials related to the design of outstanding patient-centered environments.

One important take away for me was realizing that TSA can compete with any of the large national design firms when it comes to innovative healthcare design. Our outstanding team is just as knowledgeable, talented, and passionate as any firm in the country.”



“We Care” Boys and Girls Club Holiday Crafts

This past month we had the opportunity to participate in Herman Miller’s annual “We Care” event at the Boys and Girls Club of Murray! This incredible holiday extravaganza brings together architecture and design firms from all over the valley. We had so much fun getting into the holiday spirit with the kids – although we tend to be creative every day in the office, getting our hands dirty with glitter and confetti was a fun change of pace.



Project Commissions

Sophie’s Place

Sophie’s Place was established in loving memory of singer, songwriter, and friend, Sophie Barton. These dedicated spaces are music-therapy facilities built in children’s hospitals that treat young people suffering from pain, chronic illness, and serious injury.  While most people know music has an extraordinary power to bring comfort and peace to the soul, recent clinical studies have proven that music therapy offers a new evidence-based, integrative medical approach in treating their young hospital patients.  Music therapy can help patients and families:
  • Cope with hospitalization
  • Relax and refocus from pain
  • Decrease anxiety and stress
  • Express feelings
  • Be creative
  • Cope with tests and procedures
  • Bond with family and caregivers
  • Be active
  • Experience positive interactions through music
Music Changes Everything!
TSA is working with CS Mott Children’s Hospital and the Forever Young Foundation to implement the latest Sophie’s Place.


St. John’s Brachytherapy Suite

TSA Architects has been retained by St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, WY to design a new Brachytherapy treatment suite that will be located in remodeled space inside the Medical Center. Brachytherapy is used to treat prostate and breast cancer with high doses of radiation (HDR) while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. The treatment is administered within a 2 inch thick lead-lined vault to restrict radiation expose to the public and staff. In addition to the treatment vault and control area, the suite includes an exam room and physician office.
St. John’s Medical Center recently received a 5-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). TSA is pleased to contribute to St. John’s continued efforts to improve and provide high quality medical care in the Jackson region.



Project Updates

VAMC Salt Lake City – Prosthetics and Rehab Expansion

We are excited to see the steel standing and framing underway!


RMC Heber Skilled Nursing Facility

Things are hastily moving along on the RMC Skilled Nursing project in Heber City, Utah.  The weather has kindly held out for us to get things closed in before the roughest parts of winter!  The roof is in and the windows are currently being installed.  The grand entrance bridge has also made some headway with the suspended concrete slab being poured last week. The structural steel of the canopy is now up and provides a welcoming, inviting statement to come explore the space within.  On the interior, the patient rooms and coved ceilings are being prepped for our first 4-way inspection.  Each week we are excited to see the progress at Rocky Mountain Care Heber as the building is really starting to take shape!



Staff News

We are pleased to announce the addition of Marnie Jacobsen to our team as Project Architect. With a strong background in architecture and varied experience in the construction industry, Marnie’s thorough knowledge of the design-build process enables her to coordinate each detail with cost-effective solutions to yield a successful, highly-functional end product. She will be joining the U of U Health AIM Level 5 Expansion and U of U Health Vascular Lab Renovation project teams as a project architect. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and a good book.
Marnie can be reached at 801.463.7108 and


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