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Sprague Receives ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award

Sprague-JoeDALLAS – Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal/director health facilities with HKS, Inc., received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) at a luncheon held November 14.  The ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor that the American College of Healthcare Architects can bestow on an architect.  It is conferred by the national ACHA Board of Regents in recognition of a significant body of work with lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture.


Sprague began his career in the military. After 20 years of reserve service, Lieutenant Colonel Sprague was selected in 1990 as Commander U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency, Reserve – the highest senior assignment in the Army for an architect/health facility planning officer.  Following, Sprague served for many years as director of design and construction for the American Hospital Association.  In 1984, he joined HKS as senior vice president and director of health facilities.

His work is widely published, and he serves frequently as a consultant, faculty speaker and lecturer in health facility planning, design and construction. He managed the nationally recognized Codes and Standards Program. He also served on national code-writing bodies with continuous tenure on numerous code committees – including six editions of the NFPA Life Safety Code, six editions of the Joint Commission Standards, and 10 editions of the Public Health Service /AIA/FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities.  Sprague has also recently been added to the editorial board of MCD – Medical Construction & Design.

In addition, Sprague served as chairman of the 1996, 2001 and 2006 Guidelines Steering Committee, and currently serves as chairman emeritus of the 2010 and 2014 Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee. He is also president of the Facility Guidelines Institute and the American College of Healthcare Architects. 

About HKS
HKS, ranked among the nation’s top healthcare architectural firms by Modern Healthcare, understands and embraces holistic healthcare. The firm’s celebrated healthcare architecture experience includes 1,260 unique projects garnering over 140 design awards.  Operating from 23 offices worldwide, the firm focuses on innovative design, process and delivery. Through a focused visioning approach, HKS collaborates with each client to evaluate transformational concepts that support and improve the patient/family experience, operational efficiency, the latest in technology and future flexibility.

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Posted November 16, 2010

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