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Dewberry to Assess MEP Systems at Alamance Regional Medical Center

FAIRFAX, Va.— Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, will document and assess the conditions, capacities, compliance and remaining useful life of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems at Read More …

Two-Day Parking Symposium Provides Insights on Best Practices, Latest Technology

CLEVELAND, Ohio — How can the parking experience at your healthcare facility efficiently and effectively meet patients’ needs and still meet the parking needs of employees, visitors and guests?   Read More …

Recover, Rethink, Thrive: Responding in the wake of natural disaster

Every time a major storm capable of widespread damage and destruction occurs, organizations and their facilities are severely impacted. For healthcare organizations, this can lead to levels of damage that render key spaces or entire medical centers inoperable for extended periods of time. There is very little healthcare organizations can do to predict when these natural disasters will occur, but there is a great deal they can do to prepare and respond. Read More …

Analyzing systems controls, temperature, airflow and pressures to determine long-term energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is a pressing area of concern in the modern healthcare industry. On one hand, unlike many other industries, hospitals have stringent health and safety requirements that make energy reduction difficult. Read More …

Predictive Maintenance: Making proactive choices to mitigate potential failures

A mentor once told me: “Maintenance is like aspirin. Too much will kill you, too little is not effective and if it could cure baldness you would never catch me without it.” Just like aspirin, if predictive maintenance, or PdM, is not used for its intended purpose it becomes useless. Read More …

Web-based Chiller Plant, Building Monitoring Stretch Energy Dollars

In today’s difficult economic climate, when financial savings are critical to every healthcare institution, facility managers demand even more from energy systems while looking to spend less. One way to achieve significant energy savings without making a substantial capital investment is through energy monitoring and chiller plant optimization. Read More …

Full-system integration: Solutions and benefits of optimizing lighting and HVAC control

Not surprisingly, hospitals rank among the most energy-intensive of building types. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, acute-care hospitals use more than 2.5 times the energy per square foot of a typical U.S. commercial building and have an equally outsized environmental footprint.  Read More …

Programmable logic controller systems: Offering reliable, robust solutions for hospital utility plants

Several mission-critical industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear plants, rely on programmable logic controller systems for precise, reliable and automated control of complex research, development and production processes. Now, leading healthcare systems are deploying PLC systems in central utility plants for integration, remote monitoring and automated control of mechanical-electrical systems. Read More …

Striking a Balance: Meeting present needs, future demands with preparation during design and construction

Begin with the end in mind, as recommended by Stephen R. Covey in his book on personal development, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” This concept also applies to the capital facility planning process. Aligning the guiding principles of design with the implementation of construction and the long-term effectiveness of operations will produce a highly effective facility. By defining the broad parameters and measurable metrics for success at the inception of the project, the owner can better control the end product.  Read More …

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