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Preparing for the New Normal?

Everyone is probably tired of hearing how unprecedented these times are and how the picture of what the “new normal” will look like seems to change on a daily basis. Beyond all of that, we will get back to some sense of normalcy and, when we do, we need to be ready. So what does … Read more

Our Surgeons Want What Temperature in Their Operating Rooms?!

Does this question sound familiar? Every facility manager has probably muttered, or at least thought, this question at some point. With surgeons performing longer and more complex surgeries, requests for colder operating room temperatures has increased and it is not uncommon for surgeons to request room conditions that are outside of “normal” parameters. The question … Read more

Integrating MEP into the Concept Design Process

One of the most important times in a project’s lifecycle is the concept design phase. During this phase, the clinical program and project space requirements are defined. One item that is often overlooked during this phase is the mechanical and electrical system requirements. While they may seem insignificant in terms of clinical process, mechanical, electrical … Read more

Are You Ready for 2014 FGI Guidelines?

The 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities (published by The Facility Guidelines Institute) is on the street. Starting in December, the Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Safety Inspection and Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care will be referencing this edition for all project plan and occupancy approvals. The 2014 … Read more

Central Plant Design

The performance of a central utility plant in a healthcare facility is critical to the delivery of safe patient care. There are many important aspects to consider when replacing equipment, upgrading components, or building a new central utility plant. An unplanned outage or equipment failure can result in the loss of ability to treat patients … Read more

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 … Read more

HVAC Planning for MRI Systems

When planning for an MRI suite, it is important to understand the substantial coordination requirements and other challenges associated with designing a HVAC system to support MRI equipment. Due to the unique and complex nature of these systems, and the critical space requirements associated with them, it is important to involve a HVAC engineer versed … Read more

Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent or LED’s – Which Lighting Method is Best?

All lighting sources are not created equal, and simply providing the proper lighting level in a space is not always enough. Quality of light, efficacy, lamp cost (initial, replacement and life cycle) and environmental impacts are all key factors to consider when choosing the appropriate lighting source for a specific application. A proper lighting source … Read more