Yearly Archives: 2013

Avoiding Medical Office Building Mentality

In today’s healthcare market, many surgical procedures have moved from the hospital setting to an outpatient setting. Stand-alone outpatient surgery centers allow for same-day surgeries to be more convenient and less expensive for patients and healthcare providers. From the outside, an outpatient surgery center may look like a standard medical office building (MOB) but, below

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Enriching the Student Experience

As institutions strive to attract and retain the best and brightest students they are facing ever increasing competition from not only “bricks and mortar” institutions, but also from new online options. Perhaps the single greatest difference a bricks and mortar institution can offer is the collegiate experience. Campus life facilities promote this experience by serving

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Phasing is Key

Renovating or expanding an emergency department can be one of the most challenging projects that a hospital faces. Unless you have the ability to construct a completely new, replacement emergency department, the project will require a phased implementation to ensure that continuous care is available to the hospital’s emergency patients. The mechanical and electrical system

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Dedicated Laboratory Exhaust

Manifolding laboratory and fume hood exhaust systems can have many advantages including first cost savings, maintenance and operation savings, system flexibility and system reliability. However, there are some types of laboratory systems that should not be manifolded into a central exhaust system and have special considerations. Some of these include:  Perchloric Acid Fume Hoods When perchloric

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Environmental Conditions for Operating Rooms

One of the many challenges involved in completing a successful operating room project is maintaining environmental conditions which meet the demands of the surgical staff and comply with the applicable healthcare requirements. An important step in designing an operating room is to solicit input from the surgeons and surgical staff early in the design process

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Sometimes It’s What You Don’t See and Hear That Makes the Show

Performing arts centers (PAC’s) present unique opportunities and challenges for owners, operators, designers and contractors alike. They are a unique mix of specialized systems with very specific performance requirements that need to meet the needs of a wide constituency. Whether the PAC serves a sole purpose such as a concert hall or multiple purposes with

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HVAC Systems – What Is A “Design Day”?

The term “design-day” is used frequently in the HVAC industry, but it can have different meanings and is dependent on many factors. Design-day is typically used to describe a period of time with maximum conditions that a HVAC system was designed to accommodate and maintain the desired indoor temperature and humidity. These conditions can include

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Fan Power Limitations

HVAC engineers balance operating costs versus initial costs in their designs every day. One area where this occurs is ducted air systems and their associated fan motors. An air distribution system could be designed with relatively small ductwork and equipment to keep initial costs lower, but the result is higher static pressures and a higher

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Simple Preparations For Summer

Summer is fast approaching and in case you have been putting off those summer cooling preparations the following are some last minute items that can be performed to maximize your cooling equipment’s performance.  Inspect air filters in air handling units and clean/replace them if they are dirty. This will allow your air handling unit to

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Transpired Solar Walls

Building orientation plays an integral role in the way a building heats or cools during the course of a day. Transpired solar walls, also referred to as solar air heating, are green, efficient, and a cost effective method of supplemental air heating. These solar collectors take advantage of south facing exposure and preheat ventilation air

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