It seems more and more frequently there are new medical office suites opening, breathing life into old, abandoned storefronts. These spaces run the gamut from walk-in urgent care providers to full service ambulatory surgery centers specializing in a variety of different procedures. While the availability of these storefronts and commercial office spaces is a boon … read more
As architecture and interior design of new construction continues to leverage creative means to provide an open look and feel, these more open designs often include glass in areas where rated construction is required. Windows serve as an opening in fire rated assemblies that are required to be rated based on the functionality of the … read more
The commissioning process is one that can benefit mechanical and electrical systems in new and operational buildings. While the commissioning process can impact efficiency and impact operational costs, the focus of this blog will be mitigating risks and improving resiliency. The recent guide asks the questions: “How do we adapt these systems to work … read more
The priority for the operators of healthcare facilities is undoubtedly patient care and safety. When building systems are not functioning the way they should be, this affects both the safety and care of patients and staff. Systems may not be operating as intended due to aging equipment, problems from design or construction, or because spaces … read more
In hospitals the main concern is always patient care and safety. When aging infrastructure such as fire alarm starts to fail, this affects both the safety and care of patients and staff. The traditional approach of installing a wired fire alarm system is very invasive and could require displacement of staff and patients.
Healthcare facilities are always striving to provide the best care for their patients. Part of that goal is to prevent current patients from having to return after being discharged due to an infection. Lighting systems within healthcare facilities should be designed with the reduction in the number of HAI’s in mind. Through new technologies utilizing either Ultraviolet or Visible Spectrum lighting, air-borne and surface dwelling pathogens can be killed regardless of whether or not a room is occupied.
Don’t Just Stop It, Eliminate It High-efficiency filtration has always been a part of clinical and cleanroom airflow design. The benefits, which can include reduced patient infection rates, improved manufacturing defect rates, more consistent research environments, and many others, are obvious. Controlling airborne contaminant levels is a non-negotiable element in the engineering of a regulated … read more
In my earlier blog titled Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed continuous improvement as one of the key principals. This principal drives innovative solutions through the never-ending quest to be better today than we were yesterday. It is important to think incremental. Don’t let best be the enemy of better … read more