Kimbery McMurray


Ms. Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA

Kimberly N. McMurray is a principal of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

McMurray is a practicing architect and healthcare planner with 32 years of leadership experience in healthcare and academic medical campus architecture; she has been responsible for the implementation of large architectural projects located within complex medical campus sites, delivering the highest quality for each project initiative. McMurray is well versed for project delivery at each level of development including from facility assessments, regulatory compliance with health governing agencies – developing projects from program planning, design through construction administration.  McMurray has a decade of experience from the owner’s perspective and working with multi-disciplinary user groups, thereby embracing a unique perspective and response to client needs; applying her knowledge of clinical operations, evidence based design, lean operational planning and conceptual design to architecture.

Among McMurray’s three decades of healthcare architectural expertise, she brings a high-level of experience with behavioral health project types.  During her experience on-staff architect at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System (UAB), she was planner and project manager for several inpatient nursing units renovation projects located at the UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine, and development of the psychiatric unit for the emergency department at the UAB North Pavilion.  After working on-staff at UAB Health System for 7 years, she returned to architectural practice and consulting.

McMurray’s most recent project experience with behavioral health include:


    • University of Minnesota Medical Center, West Bank Fairview Hospital – Patient and Staff Safety Assessment for 1) East Building Adolescent Units (42 beds); 2) South Building Pediatric Emergency Services; 3) North and West Buildings Adult inpatient units (9 units); and 4) Adult Emergency Services.
    • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks, Alaska – Patient and Staff Safety Assessment for 1) Adult Emergency Services; 2) Adult Inpatient Unit (20 beds) and 3) Pediatric Med/Surg for Behavioral Health.
    • St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin – Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit Renovation, 60% Construction Document Plan Review.
    • CentraCare Health, St. Cloud, Minnesota – Patient and Staff Safety Review for Residential Behavioral Health Facilities at 3 residential facility and 1 outpatient service locations.
    • Mercy Health System, Michigan – Patient and Staff Safety Review for three Adult Inpatient units located in Ann Arbor, Oakland and Livonia.
    • Eating Recovery Center, Denver, Colorado – Patient and Staff Safety Review for Adult (2-Units) and Adolescent (1-Unit) Inpatients Units.
    • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, New Jersey – Patient and Staff Safety Assessment for Adult Inpatient Unit (30 beds); and Crisis Unit Emergency Services.  
    • Kingsbrook Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York – Patient and Staff Safety Assessment for Inpatient Adult Unit and Geriatric Unit.
    • Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York – Patient and Staff Safety Assessment for Inpatient Adult Units (Two Adult Units), Inpatient Adolescent Unit, Evaluation Psychiatry Emergency Services.
    • Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo, Hawkins Bldg #12 – Consulting Services with Davis Partnership Architects, Denver, Colorado, new building addition for forensic patients.
    • Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Cherokee, North Carolina – Consulting Services with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Charlotte, NC, Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic and Inpatient Unit, New Building Addition.
    • Banner University Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona – Consulting Services with HKS Architects for Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, located at 9th floor of the New Hospital Tower.
    • Sinai Hospital, Miami, Florida – Consulting Services with Hospital and Stantec Architecture – Renovation for Inpatient Adult Unit.
    • FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, North Carolina – Patient and Staff Safety Risk Assessment for 1) Moore Regional Hospital Inpatient Units (50 beds); 2) Richmond Memorial Hospital Emergency Services; and 3) FirstHealth Regional Hamlet.
    • JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas – Patient and Staff Safety       Risk Assessments for 1) Psychiatric Emergency Center; 2) Integrated       Specialty Unit (16 beds); 3) Trinity Springs Inpatient services (80 beds); and 4) Trinity Springs North (16 beds).
    • Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey – Patient and Staff Safety Risk Assessment for 1) Inpatient behavioral health unit (24 beds); 2) Adult Emergency Services; and 3) Pediatric Emergency Services.
    • Alabama Department of Mental Health, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Patient and Staff Safety Risk Assessments for 1) Bryce Adult Hospital (268 beds); 2) Harper Center Geriatric Hospital (96 beds); and 3) Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility Forensic Hospital (114 beds).
    • Alabama Department of Mental Health, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Architect for Taylor Hardin Secure Mental Facility (THSMF) new forensic 25 bed nursing unit, THSMF facility renovation for technology and data upgrades, and THSMF security control room renovation.
    • Alabama Department of Mental Health, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Architect for Ligature Resistant Upgrades including door hardware and toilet room upgrades in response to recent surveys by The Joint Commission and CMS for Harper Center Geriatric Facility.
    • DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Safe Room Patient and Staff Safety Assessment at Regional Emergency Department.

McMurray is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; registered architect in the state of Alabama and Georgia; has certification with the National Council Architectural Registration Board (NCARB), holds accreditation from the Center for Health Design Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), and Lean Healthcare Certification from Auburn University Technical Center.   McMurray is a graduate of Arizona State University College of Architecture with a 5-Year Bachelor of Architecture (1985 B.Arch) and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000 MBA).


McMurray speaks frequently and contributes to her concentration in healthcare profession on a national level, currently as Board of Directors and Vice President of Design with the Institute of Patient Centered Design, served two years with Arizona State University College of Design Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board (2009-2010); an active member of American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture Health; member of the Center for Health Design; associate member of the American Society of Hospital Engineering.


Local community, McMurray is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Tuscaloosa, 2019 Chairman-elect of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, 2018 Executive Committee for the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority.  She has received the following honors of recognition:  2016 Chamber Member of the Year, 2016 UA College of Engineering Distinguished Fellow Award, 2015 AIA President’s Award, and 2015 Institute of Patient Centered Design Impact Award.


Architectural speaking engagements include:

  • “Ligature Attachment and Suicide Risk Assessment on Behavioral Health Inpatient Units” – California Society Healthcare Engineers, (April 2018), San Diego, California
  • “Designing Behavioral Health Inpatient Units” – Cornerstone Health Group Leadership Conference, Behavioral Health Work session, (April 2018), Dallas, Texas.
  • “Ligature Attachment and Suicide Risk Assessment on Behavioral Health Inpatient Units” –Missouri Hospital Association (January 2018) – Webinar with attendees at the Missouri Hospital Association Conference for Behavioral Health in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • The Patient-Centered Health Design Competition for Behavioral Health: Update and Ongoing Development” (November 2016) – – Co Speaker with Tammy Thompson, SCAD Faculty; Jim Hunt, Behavioral Health Consulting; Dr. Mardelle Shepley, Faculty Cornell University; and Mary Therese, VA Hospital Planetree Director; Healthcare Design Conference, Houston, Texas. 
  • Through the Patient’s Eyes: A Design Innovation Session” (February 2016) –  ACE Summit and Reverse Expo, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Faculty and speaker at Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit – “Health Environment Planning” (Fall 2015) – Discuss multidisciplinary needs in health environment planning strategies for collaboration between design disciplines, Education Summit, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Evidence Based Design – “How and Where Learning Happens” (Fall 2012) – Architect Research Expertise – Speaker and Panelist at DeKalb hosted Education Symposium Birmingham, Alabama
  • Lean Healthcare 101 – “Lean Healthcare Design” (Spring 2012) – Does process management methodologies that work in other industries have an impact in a healthcare environment? – Healthcare Summit Birmingham, Alabama
  • The Healthcare Architect – “Shaping Healthcare Delivery through Research, Practice and Facility Management” (Fall 2012) – Healthcare Summit Birmingham, Alabama
  • Disaster Assessment Team: Lessons Learned from Tuscaloosa 2011 Safety Assessment (2011) – for AIA / ABC Joint Alabama Conference;
  • The Healthcare Architect: Shaping Healthcare Delivery through Research, Practice and Facility Management (Fall 2011) – AIA Georgia Conference
  • Designing Planetree Patient-Centered Environments for People, Process and Prototype – “How a Holistic Healing Community Became Realty” for Griffin Hospital and Cancer Center(2010) speaking at Arizona State University’s College of Design “Exposed” 2010 symposium and authored work session content for HFI 2010 annual conference; 
  • “The Silver Lining – How Current changes in the Design Profession can lead to Greater Value for Institutions and Owners (2009)– Discussion of how Outcomes Driven Programming can lead to enhanced project outcomes, speaking at the Department of Defense Health Facilities Institute (HFI) Annual Conference;
  • State-of-the-Art Inpatient Care for the 21st Century” (2009)- Discussion about Inpatient Nursing Units and Patient Room Current Research and Design Trends, guest speaker at Onslow Memorial Hospital Senior Leadership and Onslow County Board Members Fall Retreat;
  • “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Changing Practice, Research s and Current Trends(2006) P+W Engaging Excellence AIA accredited work session and UAB Women & Neonatal Service Groups; and
  • “SLAM University & Healthcare 101” (2009 & 2010) sessions held for the Design Studio Staff in the Atlanta office.


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