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September 3, 2008

Designing for


If you’re building or renovating a new medical office, there are over 500 imperative tasks to ensure the best price and the best design. If you can’t name then, you might enlist the help of Derek Watson. The civil engineer is the man behind Advanced Urban Project Solutions which specializes in healthcare spaces and recently wrapped up several large projects for Children’s National Medical Center.


Derek asked us to meet him at his favorite Wisconsin Ave location, which we assumed meant 2233 Wisconsin, where he just finished several departmental offices for Children’s Government and External Affairs, but we found him at the deli next door. The offices include Primary Care for Foster Children, the Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children’s School Services and several others. Derek consulted on permits and drawings, interviewed general contractors, and arranged the move. As he put it, his work begins at a project’s conception. (Accurate but risky word choice considering he might one day design a maternity ward.) His recent work on the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders featured several emerging trends: art therapy and designs that improve staff-patient interaction.


Derek, a consummate professional, pretends not to notice the newly acquired mustard stain on our shirt. Before starting AUP last year, he left a cushy job at the same time his wife happened to be six months pregnant, so you know he has good judgment. However, his follow-your-dream gamble paid off with a busy summer—other projects include Dr. Olumuyiwa Paul’s orthopedic surgery office in Glen Dale and the Embassy of Maldives. While he welcomes big clients like Children’s, future plans revolve around assisting smaller practitioners like internists, dentists, and surgical centers. And don’t worry, his son is now 13 months and Derek plans on sticking with this job for a while.

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