March 28, 2008

Goodwin ready for role as Medical Center architect

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Warren Goodwin

Goodwin ready for role as Medical Center architect

Architect Warren Goodwin joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center March 1 as vice president for Facilities Planning and Development, taking over from Fred DeWeese, who retires March 31.

“I'm very pleased to welcome Warren Goodwin to our leadership team,” said Rick Wagers, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who led the national search for DeWeese's successor.

“Warren's experience in terms of planning, design and construction, his personality and rapport with people and his complete understanding of how best to control building projects made him the committee's overwhelming choice for this vital role.”

Goodwin previously managed health care facility design and construction projects around the country from a base in the Nashville office of META Associates.

When his company was sold in 2005, Goodwin thought he had retired. Then VUMC called.

“Managing these health care design and construction projects is what I like to do,” he said.

“We oversee project conceptualization, from the time somebody has a gleam in their eye through programming and managing the design process, then working with the construction team, oversight of the close-out process, startup, warranty and archiving project documentation.

“There's a great deal of satisfaction in this work. And the nicest thing about this position is I don't have to get on an airplane to get to work.”

Goodwin will be kept busy. Wagers said VUMC plans to spend about $1.2 billion on facilities construction through fiscal 2011, and that's not counting money already committed to projects that are under way, such as the Vanderbilt University Hospital Critical Care Tower.