Category Archives: Engineering

Believe These 5 Myths about Facility Condition Assessments at Your Peril

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March 11, 2016  |  Minta Ferguson and Andrea Thompson

There is a lot of misinformation swirling around about how hospitals can benefit from Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs.) Do you know what is true and what is not? Here are some of the most common misconceptions. MYTH #1 – An FCA only evaluates  Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems Many hospital administrators assume that Facility… | Read More

What’s the Least Expensive Way to Solve Chiller Issues?

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September 27, 2015  |  Kevin Barbee and Allen Smith

Most hospital facilities we work with have chilled water system issues. These issues tend to manifest as hot offices, unstable OR temperatures, or concerns of critical equipment failure. Many hospitals think the solution is to “add another chiller.”  In contrast, we have found it less expensive to identify and resolve system issues than to simply… | Read More

Temperature Complaints? One Way Facility Directors Can Resolve

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September 17, 2015  |  Kevin Barbee

Many hospital facilities receive a plethora of “too hot/too cold” complaints from staff. Maintenance personnel may have no choice but to apply band-aid solutions to rapidly address user dissatisfaction. But by not addressing the root cause at a systemic level, complaints will ultimately escalate. At that point, a common knee-jerk reaction is to replace a… | Read More

Why a Hospital Facility Director Should be Scared of the Dark

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September 2, 2015  |  Charles Hall

As kids, we were all a little scared of the dark. But when the lights go out in your hospital facilities, how much more afraid of the dark are you now? Some hospital facility directors may feel safe because they perform monthly and annual testing per code (NFPA 99 and NFPA 110), and have reliable… | Read More

How To Not Be in the News for a Legionella Outbreak

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August 24, 2015  |  Charles Hall

With the recent reports of Legionella in the news, many facility managers wonder if an outbreak could happen at their hospital. It can. The following environments in healthcare facilities offer the ideal environment for Legionella growth: • Potable water system and outlets. These include the incoming service, water tanks, water softener, showers, and faucets. •… | Read More

Why Hospitals Pay More for Cheap Lights

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June 1, 2015  |  Rich Manning

Typically the payback period of LED lighting is less than twenty-four months. But the value of its improvements in the quality of care? Priceless. Quality LED lighting prevents the healthcare equivalent of selecting black instead of navy blue socks from the sock drawer. QUALITY OF CARE It is crucial to accurately discern certain color variations… | Read More

What Hospital Facilities Engineers Should Know About the 2012 International Energy Code

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January 27, 2015  |  Charlie Hall

Prior to December 2014, most hospital facility directors had the option of whether to pursue commissioning for new construction or renovation projects. However, fifteen states (shown below in orange) have just adopted the 2012 International Energy Code (IECC), which mandates commissioning for many healthcare projects. Twenty four additional states (shown in blue) will likely adopt… | Read More

Be Lean, Save Time, Save Money: Pre-Select and Standardize Medical Equipment and Engineering Systems

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November 25, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

Prior to the capital approval of any design and construction project, hospital Directors of Facilities and BioMed/Purchasing leaders should predetermine customized selection standards for medical and engineering systems equipment. With such standards in place, hospitals can save time and money, and compound the cost savings over future capital improvement projects. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDIZATION By establishing… | Read More

Don’t Automatically Assume You Must Replace the Oldest Equipment First

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October 31, 2014  |  Charlie Hall

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More

Reconsidering Inpatient Infrastructure Expenditures

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October 30, 2014  |  Charlie Hall

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More

Hybrid Operating Rooms: Infrastructure Impacts

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August 15, 2014  |  Allen Smith

One reason hybrid operating room renovations are so challenging is the number of consultants and vendors involved. This week we discuss seven techniques we have found to be effective in bringing a project to market quickly with minimal headaches. DETERMINE THE IMPACT OF A NEW HYBRID OR ON HOSPITAL-WIDE INFRASTRUCTURE DURING THE SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE… | Read More