Joel Farmer, AIA and ACHA, has joined Guidon Design as our new Vice President of Architecture! He has over 28 years of healthcare design experience and has planned, designed, and managed numerous large and small healthcare and life science projects throughout the Midwest. The Cincinnati native has received degrees in both Construction Management and Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati.
In his new role, Joel will focus on envisioning healthcare projects that integrate long-term overall wellness through functional and solution-oriented design.
“Indianapolis is a healthcare mecca. Healthcare facilities are one of the defining features of any great city and there are plenty of exciting opportunities for Guidon Design to shine,” Farmer said.
Joel has been the lead architect on projects of up to $1.1B throughout the United States with a recent focus on the Midwest. His work designing and managing healthcare facility projects has been recognized with multiple awards for outstanding performance.
Guidon Design’s veteran focus aligns with Farmer’s expertise, as he notes one of the most rewarding projects of his career was the Walter Reed Replacement Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA. The project included the design of a new 1.25M sf medical campus with four clinical buildings and a 120-bed hospital. The facility achieved LEED Silver for Healthcare and was one of the first facilities in the DoD to achieve a “World Class Facility Rating.”
In central Indiana, Farmer has led two prominent local healthcare projects: A $50M new medical campus for Riverview Health’s Westfield Hospital and a $12M renovation of Franciscan Health– Indianapolis South’s hospital. The Riverview Health Westfield Hospital has been called one of the most sustainable healthcare facilities recently built in the Indianapolis region.
Joel plans to approach his new role with a primary focus on connecting communities to healthcare facilities that offer a variety of services in one place.
“I believe communities benefit from healthcare experiences that offer everything they need for a healthy life…from preventative care to emergency care and everything in between. The one-stop shop facilities are the future of healthcare.”
Joel lives in Noblesville with his wife and three children where he enjoys outdoor living and participating in community events.