STAAT Mod Wins Honorable Mentions in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

September 30, 2020

HGA’s design of STAAT Mod critical care units was honored in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2020 in the Health and Spaces & Places categories.


The awards, found in the October/November 2020 issue of Fast Company, recognize people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. One of the most sought-after design awards in the industry, Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.


HGA designed and The Boldt Company fabricated the STAAT Mod™ critical care units to address the safety of patients and healthcare workers affected by COVID-19.


Drawing upon a collaborative and committed team of over 80 people working remotely and virtually, HGA and The Boldt Company were able to rapidly design, prototype and model a modular and prefabricated facility solution. Experts, such as critical care nurses trained in COVID-19 protocols, hospital environment specialists in infection control and lean process engineers tested the product in virtual reality simulation. The quality of the environment produced by the STAAT Mod design directly impacts the quality of care and outcome for the patient.


“This was a mission, not a project,” said Kurt Spiering, Principal and Healthcare Market Sector Leader at HGA. He continued, “STAAT Mods were born out of an urgent need for high quality care — delivered quickly. The solution continues to evolve to allow hospital systems with inadequate facilities to meet surge demand, maintain and provide flexible service and minimize disruption to care.”


In May 2020, Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center became the first hospital in the nation to install STAAT Mod modular units.


“We need innovative design more than ever, and the 2020 honorees have brought creativity, inventiveness, and humanity to address some of the world’s most pressing problems, including the global pandemic, racial injustice, and economic inequality. Together these entries offer a glimpse into a future that is more inclusive, more accessible, and more just,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.


About the Awards


Honorees for the 2020 awards were selected in the following categories: Apps and Games; Cities; Data Design; Experimental; Fashion and Beauty; Finance; General Excellence; Graphic Design; Health; Home; Hospitality; Learning; Mobility; Packaging; Products; Retail Environments; Social Good; Spaces and Places; Sports and Recreation; Students; Sustainability; User Experience; Wellness; Workplace; Best Design Asia-Pacific; Best Design Europe, Best Design Middle East, and Best Design Africa; Best Design Latin America; and Best Design North America. Fast Company is also recognizing Newlab as the title’s third annual Design Company of the Year for its socially oriented tech manufacturing.


The judges include renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.


Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions are featured online and in the October/November issue of Fast Company magazine, on newsstands October 20.


To see the complete list, visit Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards.


About Fast Company


Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at


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Media inquires about STAAT Modcan contact Michelle Nelsen, PR for HGA (p: 612.758.4407) or Mary Schmidt, PR for The Boldt Company (p: 920.284.7165)