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Medical Equipment Planning for Healthcare Facilities

Description: This course outlines the key elements of Medical Equipment Planning– the expectations of the planner and all the detail that is needed to ensure accurate planning and disposition of medical equipment in the project. It also covers the procurement aspect of medical equipment and how the move management task for the equipment is vital […]

HVAC Engineering Basics for Architects and Designers

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of various HVAC systems and their impact on building design. The course will present HVAC designs for comfort and safety, a review of energy efficiency, and code requirements.   Learning Objective: Identify various HVAC strategies, and where they should be applied. Understand the impact architectural envelope decisions have […]

Energy Code Update: 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2013

Description: As of December 2020, there are 26 states whose energy codes are at least as stringent as the 2015 IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2013. As a result, energy codes are changing the nature of the building design process. Staying current with the latest energy code requirements is critical to updating standard design practices in order […]

Reducing Energy 10% to 40% Utilizing Existing Building Commissioning and No Capital Investment

Description: Many organizations are focusing on energy reduction today and are engaging the services of Professional Engineering firms to assist in the achievement of some level of energy reduction in their facilities that is sustainable. Various approaches ranging from an ASHRAE Level I or Level II Energy Audit to some form of Existing Building Commissioning […]

WELL and Living Building Challenge Certification: Are you Ready?

Description: Are you prepared for when your clients ask about WELL certification and Living Building Challenge? These ratings systems, which focus on health/wellness and the intersect of ecology and buildings, are increasingly requested by owners to promote leasing, employee and patient satisfaction, and competition within the industry. This session will be a learning session on […]

The Impact of Emerging Technology in Healthcare Planning and Design 2.0

Description: This course defines and explains how IT is no longer just “Information Technology”. IT is the ecosystem of intelligence that redefines and reimagines the human and facility experience. With the growing digital healthcare ecosystem, it will be important for architects to understand how these emerging technologies are transforming workflow and care delivery in the […]

Seismic Design with Site Specific Studies

Description: This presentation includes a historical overview of seismic design analysis and current design procedures. Discussion will also include examples of how the code affects recent projects and potential ways to mitigate cost.   Learning Objectives: Historical overview of seismic design analysis. Show how small geographic changes can greatly impact the building design. Review current […]

Overview of Building Enclosure Systems and Consulting Services

Description: An introduction to building enclosure system construction including roofs, opaque walls, fenestrations, and below grade waterproofing. We will review common issues in modern building enclosure construction and consulting services that can reduce risk of those issues. Risk mitigation will cover both new construction and the maintenance and repair of existing facilities.   Learning Objectives: […]

High Performance and Net Zero Energy Buildings in the Southeast

Description: This course will encourage and engage new thinking when it comes to building design as related to achieving net zero energy buildings. While much of the education will be around designing buildings in the southeastern United States, much of the content will be applicable to other locations and climates. Time will be dedicated reviewing […]

Healthcare Lighting Trends

Description: Healthcare lighting systems are constantly changing and evolving with new technology. When designing a new lighting system, there are many factors to consider: daylighting, light controls, light levels, safety, and color. This presentation will focus on recent research and trends in the healthcare lighting industry related to these factors. It will provide examples of […]

Emergency Power Reliability

Description: A prescription for emergency power reliability.   Learning Objectives: Planning EP for operational reliability Using load profile analyses to avoid disastrous generator loading assumptions Recent and pending changes in NFPA 110 & 111: how they may affect your work Keeping control of growing EP demands   Certification: 1 AIA LU   Schedule Learning: Contact […]

Do’s and Dont’s of Design Assist

Description: Discussion of Design Assist process for large scale construction projects.   Learning Objectives: Identify and define Delivery Milestones peculiar to Design Assist delivery Understanding the importance of the GMP and how to get there Suggested tips for creating a functional team that works together Effective management of work plan and manpower effort   Certification: […]

Design Team Collaboration for High Performance Buildings

Description: Owners are demanding higher performing and more sustainable buildings, within tightening budgets and project timelines. Highly collaborative design teams can position themselves to successfully meet these demands and deliver high performing facilities. This presentation will focus on goal setting, tools, and delivery methods for high performance designs.   Learning Objectives: Learn about the key […]

Commissioning 101

Description: This course defines the Commissioning process, its benefits and applications. It will also inform the audience on the basics of developing a commissioning scope that is suitable for a given project as well as how to solicit and select the right commissioning provider. The presentation closes with a best practices message by exploring lessons […]

Code Required Commissioning – What is Required, What Will Be required, Why

Description: This course is designed to teach construction professionals the commissioning requirements of State Building Code, including those requirements for healthcare facilities.   Learning Objectives: Understand the Building Codes regarding commissioning and what commissioning activities are required Understand the differences between the various codes, ie. IEC C408, FGI, and NFPA requirements Understand what the docs […]

Code Required Commissioning

Description: This course is designed to teach design and construction professionals the commissioning requirements of the State Building Codes, including those requirements for healthcare facilities. Commissioning standards will be reviewed to understand the minimum tasks that are required to comply and the parties responsible for specific performance of these tasks. Basic commissioning activities will be […]

Building Performance Modeling and The Quest to Make a Difference

Description: Energy codes and beyond-code rating systems are increasing the need for energy models to demonstrate building energy performance. However, when left to the end of the design process, energy modeling can be seen simply as a necessary evil. This presentation will describe the benefits and use cases of creating energy models early and often […]