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Tiffany Coffman of Bettisworth North (BNAP) Earns CHID Credential

Tiffany Coffman, a senior interior designer with Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, received the prestigious Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® (CHID) designation after passing a rigorous examination administered by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).

Securing this credential signifies that Coffman meets exacting standards for education, experience, training, and examination. The CHID examination requires participants to demonstrate knowledge and experience in a variety of core competencies affecting the acute care, ambulatory care, and residential healthcare interior environments.

The CHID certificate is the highest designation for a healthcare interior design professional and is sought by many healthcare organizations when choosing an interior designer. AAHID is the professional body that identifies those designers uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of the healthcare interior design industry.

Coffman holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Colorado State University and has worked in interior design for 10 years. A senior interior designer and project manager for Bettisworth North, her portfolio includes the Child Development Center for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; the Native Village of Unalakleet’s Ikayuqti, an elders assisted living facility; Norton Sound Health Corporation’s Wellness and Training Center; and many other healthcare facilities across Alaska. She has a particular interest in interior design for special populations such as seniors.

Roy Rountree, president of Bettisworth North, said “We are beyond proud to have Tiffany’s skills and passion for healthcare interior design recognized by her CHID certification. Tiffany’s achievement underscores the firm’s commitment to ensuring our clients have access to highly qualified interior designers who are personally invested in creating solutions that meet unique, individual user needs.”

Coffman’s decision to obtain CHID certification was influenced by the limited healthcare options she discovered when her grandmother required skilled care, and a belief in her responsibility as a designer to address the health, safety, and welfare of others. The CHID appellation distinguishes preeminent healthcare interior designers from other architects, designers, decorators, and interior designers. More information about the Certified Healthcare Interior Designer accreditation can be found at www.aahid.org/certification/.

About Bettisworth North Architects and Planners

Bettisworth North Architect and Planners Inc. celebrates 45 years of Alaska community building through architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. The firm has worked in 90+ communities and emphasizes balanced design solutions that respond to Alaska’s unique environments, people, and values. Bettisworth North is a leader in education, healthcare, commercial, hospitality, military, and civic design. Notable healthcare projects include the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital renovation and clinic in Bethel, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital surgery addition, Norton Sound Health Corporation Wellness and Training Center, Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Healthy Communities Building. Visit www.bettisworthnorth.com to learn more.

President’s Letter, March 2022

This is my last APDC president’s message. I’m looking forward to Kelsey Davidson’s leadership over the upcoming year!

As a group, we are tracking several bills of interests to our member organizations – we’re supporting HB 61 to license commercial interior designers, HB104 to raise Alaska’s meager gas tax to help support road maintenance and construction, HB 148 to adopt the latest coordinate system from NGS; and opposing HB218/SB169 which places restrictions on fire damper inspection personnel and HB277 which implements high fee on end of year license renewals. During our fly-in to Juneau last month, we had 15 participants talk to our elected officials about these items, the ASCE report card, and the need for sustainable operating and capital budgets. It was inspiring to see our efforts lead to several beneficial amendments to HB218 while we were in Juneau. I would encourage you to take a few minutes to reach out to your own state legislators to encourage action on these items before everything “resets” in Juneau with the elections this fall.

Thank you for your continued support of APDC. As always, if you would like to be more involved in our legislative outreach, please contact me or Colin Maynard (akbosco@aol.com), our Legislative Committee (LC) Chair, to be included in our bi-weekly LC meetings during the legislative session.

-Will Webb, PE