Meet the 2020 YASC Jury

Senior Director of Architecture and Engineering, UPMC

Mr. Spies is a seasoned strategic planner of hospital facilities. He is a veteran Healthcare Architect with over 20 years of facilities planning and programming experience. He has a diverse background of experience in property development, planning, design, construction, and hospital operations. Doug is currently, the Senior Director of Hospital Architecture and Engineering for UPMC overseeing Space Management, Signage, Medical Planning, Design and Equipment. He is actively master planning three hospital campuses of over 2 million square feet and two billion dollars. These projects include an Oncology Hospital, a Heart and Vascular / Transplantation Hospital and a Vision Institute. Furthermore, his team managed over 350 planning projects in the last 12 months, including space management of 14 million square feet over 13 hospital campuses. In addition, Doug oversees the life safety drawings of 22 hospitals within Western Pennsylvania and equipment planning on $250 million of capital construction.

Mr. Spies is licensed in five states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, and Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board for licensure in all 50 states. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare (AAH). Furthermore, Doug holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration with a focus on Organizational Development and graduated with academic honors from Walden University, and a Bachelors of Architecture Professional Degree from University of Illinois.

Mr. Spies specializes in academic medical centers, ambulatory care strategies, and inpatient unit design. In addition, he has participated in the AAH (Academy of Architecture for Health) Education Committee, produced an education session of “Emergency Department Design 101: Planning & Programming for Efficient Design.” Mr. Spies is also a member of the Facilities Guidelines Institute, sitting as a steering committee member as well as Future Construction and Renovation and the Hospital Operations Sub-committees, for the upcoming 2022 revision to the Healthcare Codes for Emergency Conditions


Abigail Melanson
Design Coordinator, Allegheny Health Network

Abigail Melanson is an award-winning interior designer and proud Pittsburgh native. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from Chatham University and is always enthusiastic to return to campus for events or to mentor students.

Abigail spent the early years of her career as an interior designer and project manager at a luxury residential interior design firm. Since 2018, she has been working as one of three interior designers at Allegheny Health Network. She takes the utmost most pride in providing comfort, safety, and a healing environment for every patient and family member that walks through the doors of their facilities.

Some of her most distinguished achievements include two showhouses that she designed in conjunction with Traditional Home Magazine in East Hampton, NY and Napa Valley, CA. She is a strong supporter of local, small-businesses and is extremely passionate about evidence-based design research pertaining to the symbiotic relationship of mental health and the built environment.


Drew Kerr
Interiors and Business Development Manager, Turner Construction

Drew serves as manager for both the Interiors Division and Business Development for Turner Pittsburgh’s business unit. He is responsible for all operational planning activities for the department and has an overall responsibility for quality, schedule, cost, and safety on Interiors jobs. In his Business Development role, Drew serves as the owners’ liaison and manages owner relationships. Drew is responsible for planning and strategy to support the Pittsburgh office’s marketplace viability and success.

Drew joined Turner’s Philadelphia office in 2008 and progressed through a variety of roles before becoming interiors purchasing manager in 2012. He transferred to the Pittsburgh office in 2015 to become the office’s purchasing manager and then in 2016 became the Interiors manager, then in 2017 assumed the role of business development manager.

Some notable projects he has worked on include the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Prenatal Mental Health at West Penn Hospital, the Butler Health Medical Office Building, AHN AGH Emergency Department Expansion, AHN AVH Orthopedics Renovation, and the UPMC Montefiore Air Handling Unit Upgrades.