february, 2022

24feb3:00 pm4:00 pmSW Chapter Educational Event: Construction in a Behavioral Health

Event Details


  • How is construction different for a behavioral health facility?
  • Challenges specific to managing a Behavioral Health Facility
  • Why is maintaining a Behavioral Health Facility seemingly so expensive?
  • What are some helpful things that trusted contractors and service providers do to help successfully manage a behavioral health facility?
  • How do Tenant Improvement Projects differ in a Behavioral Health Facility?

Featuring: Chris O’Higgins, CHOP, Director of Facilities, Jefferson Healthcare

Finger foods and beverages will be provided compliments of the SW Chapter of WSSHE. For event questions and to RSVP please contact Lisa Welcome at lwelcome@cochraninc.com or 206 580 5997.
Space is LIMITED so please RSVP today!
About the Speaker
For more than two decades, Chris O’Higgins has been applying his engineering expertise along with his leadership, construction management, property management, managerial and planning skills to serving the needs of numerous healthcare facilities in the U.S. He lives and breathes healthcare, the field to which he enthusiastically dedicates his greatest energies.
Most recently, since 2016, Chris has been Director of Facilities Management for Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend, WA, coordinating all the activities of the Engineering, Security, Biomedical, Property management, and Construction Departments as well as the Hospital Safety Officer for this critical access hospital incorporating 201,010 square feet.
Prior to joining Jefferson, Chris served for 4.5 years as Director of Support Service for UHS/Fairfax Behavioral Hospital, a 228-bed psychiatric hospital with six distinct units, including full adult acute patient and adolescence wings, in Kirkland, WA. He also oversaw a $27M expansion that included a new lobby, administration space and 48 new patient rooms. Constructed a 28-bed geriatric unit in Monroe. WA as well as a 30-bed adult unit in Everett WA. Built three schools for children unable to cope in traditional schools in Kirkland, Tacoma and Olympia, WA.
In 2012, Chris served as Director of Facilities for Indiana University Health La Porte (La Port, IN), a 384,000 square foot, 129 bed acute care hospital with 500,000 square foot of outpatient space in addition to 51 physician clinics in two states and 68 FTE’s. And from 2005 to 2011, he was Director of Facilities for Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare (Carson City, NV), a 360,000 square foot, 205 bed acute care hospital with 400,000 square foot of additional hospital properties, including a free-standing Cancer Center, an in-patient and outpatient behavioral hospital, 28 bed LTACH and seven physician-owned clinics in the surrounding counties.
From 2001 to 2005, as General Superintendent of Hunt Construction Group, Phoenix, AZ, Chris oversaw numerous construction projects to include construction for Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare ($300M), Sierra Surgery Hospital, 35,000 sq. ft. ($12M), Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, 36,000 sq. ft. ($15M), Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 240,000 sq. ft., as well as the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 32,000 sq. ft.
  • Chris is a Certified Hospital Operations Professional (DNV)
  • Certified Instructor in Handle with Care
  • Certified Instructor in ALICE.
  • Serves as Vice President of the Board of Discovery Behavioral Health and serves on the Advisory Board of the Climate Action Committee for the City of Port Townsend, WA.


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