Yearly Archives: 2009

Is Your IT and Medical Equipment Properly Protected?

Today’s healthcare facilities house countless pieces of valuable equipment ranging from Information Tech­nology (IT) equipment, linear accelerators and MRI units, to cardiovascular imaging machines for Cath Labs, CT Scanners and other imaging equipment. These sophisticated machines require a significant finan­cial investment that facility owners and operators should be sure to protect. While it is common

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Get Your Shovel Ready…Funding Relief for Your Next Project Could Be On Its Way

We have all heard the buzz about grant and other funding opportunities that were recently developed for en­ergy-related projects; however, making sense of what programs are available, when they become available, which options apply to your project and how to apply for this funding can be challenging and confusing. The initiative to develop grants, low

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Re-Prioritizing in a Tough Economy

If your business is like most today, your construction and operating budgets have been drastically reduced, or maybe even eliminated. The capital equipment upgrades that you were planning for this year have been put on hold; and instead, your focus has turned to reducing operating costs and avoiding layoffs. If you are in the fortunate

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Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms

As a responsible healthcare facility, you are committed to the health and well-being of both patients and staff alike. While you may take pride in protecting your patients and employees by providing a safe and sanitary facility, there are other, less obvious, areas to consider such as airborne contaminates and the use of airborne infection

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Water- and Energy-Saving Plumbing Fixtures

The rising costs of water and energy have forced many businesses to examine ways to make their buildings more ef­ficient. One option many building owners are implementing is installing water-and energy-efficient plumbing fixtures. The recent push to go green has caused most of the major plumbing manufacturers to begin designing new fixtures that use significantly

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Project Closeout Starts at the Pre-Construction Meeting

Project closeout should be one of the most celebrated phases of any construction project. The design team can see their knowledge and planning put to actual use; the construction team can pack up their equipment and “turn over the keys” and the owner can finally achieve functional use of the building or area that they

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Geothermal Heat Pump Systems Part IV | Recommendations for Operation and Maintenance

In the first three parts in our series on geothermal heat pump systems, we discussed ways to determine if this type of system is right your facility; how to get started with design by conducting a formation thermal conduc­tivity test and how to distinguish between the types of heat pumps available. Once you have decided

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Contracting for Maintenance Mechanical and Electrical Services

Service contractors can be a vital resource to anyone charged with building management.  They can provide flexible labor to supplement in-house staff during peak work periods and often offer a higher level of expertise in areas where in-house staff may have limited knowledge. Once you have identified the annual maintenance tasks required for your facility

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Call 811…So You Don’t Have to Call 911!

Before doing any excavation work on your site, you should remember three important numbers…811.   Calling 811, anywhere in the nation, will connect you to “Call Before You Dig”, where you can begin the process of having all of your underground public utilities marked, free of charge. Before calling 811, be prepared to give the operator

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Geothermal Heat Pump Systems Part III | System Options

Last month, in part II of our series, we shared some tips about getting started with design and construction of a geothermal heat pump system by conducting a formation thermal conductivity test. The next step is to understand the different design options available for the system. There are two distinct types of heat pumps that

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