VA Electronic Health Record: Key Infrastructure Considerations for Modernization Projects
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) is being conducted through individual, campus-specific projects, all due to be complete in 2028. This paper provides a high-level look at key design considerations and strategies applicable to most EHRM initiatives, which in addition to software and hardware often involve significant building infrastructure upgrades or redesigns.
ASHRAE Engineer’s Notebook: Designing HVAC for Cold Climates
Successful cold-climate HVAC design depends on having the experience to know what items might cause problems or failures. This paper by IMEG’s Jeff Boldt and William Maki examines considerations for coils, pipes, and chillers, issues with snow, and occupant comfort. Reprinted with permission from ASHRAE, the paper is a follow-up to Designing HVAC for Humid vs. Arid Climates.
ASHRAE Engineer’s Notebook: Learning to Use Architectural Acoustics In Engineering
This paper by IMEG’s Jeff Boldt and David Wright introduces how room functionality improves with improved architectural acoustics, especially in rooms used for collaboration, instruction, and assembly where clear speech is needed. Reprinted with permission from ASHRAE, the paper is a follow-up to a previously posted “Engineer’s Notebook” explaining basic acoustic terms.
ASHRAE Engineer’s Notebook: Learning a Vocabulary For Acoustics Fundamentals
Current architecture trends favoring open rooms, hard surfaces, expanded daylighting, and exposed HVAC ducts have made acoustics design more important than ever, but much of the regularly changing terminology surrounding acoustics can be confusing. This paper, written by IMEG’s Jeff Boldt and David Wright and reprinted with permission from ASHRAE, offers a simple vocabulary of basic acoustic terms that are almost always considered in any type of project.
K-12 Security + Lighting: Notification and Safer Egress for Active Assailant Events and Environmental Emergencies
This paper outlines innovative early warning strategies that combine a K-12 building’s new or existing security and lighting systems to function as a notification resource during an active assailant event or environmental emergency. The goal is to show how one cohesive platform can detect and identify various threats and communicate their locations, probable areas of safety, egress information, as well as other helpful directives.
Prepare Your Hospital for Future Crises with Strategies Learned from COVID-19
The AEC industry will likely see new regulatory requirements that will greatly impact the planning and design of healthcare facilities to ensure they are prepared for future pandemics. This paper provides a starting point for this preparation by reviewing the lessons learned from COVID-19 and discussing design strategies that will provide the most flexibility for healthcare systems.
ASHRAE Engineer’s Notebook: Designing HVAC for humid vs. arid climates
Designers must consider outside conditions during all seasons and their impact on the operation of the building and HVAC systems. This paper, co-written by IMEG’s Jeff Boldt, examines key design strategies for projects whether they are in climates that are humid or arid, hot or cold. Reprinted with permission from ASHRAE, this paper was originally published as the “Engineer’s Notebook” in the June 2021 issue of the ASHRAE Journal.
Designing Your MOB for a Patient Surge Event
Owners of existing or planned medical office buildings may want to add features that can better prepare these non-acute care buildings for future patient surge events. This paper provides a high-level overview of key design considerations that will enable these buildings to be converted quickly and efficiently into an alternate care facility.
HVAC Strategies for Mitigation of Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses
This paper provides an overview of current industry-standard HVAC design components and their effect on mitigating the transmission of airborne viruses. Component energy use and maintenance considerations also are discussed.
Central Sterile Modernization:
A Guide to On- vs. Off-site Facilities
At some point every healthcare facility will face the need to modernize its Central Sterilization Services department. This paper provides the framework for conducting a thorough analysis of facility needs and characteristics when CSS modernization is being considered.
Energy Storage: A Critical Component of Energy Conservation
This whitepaper examines the growing use of on-site renewable energy production and energy storage and the impact these combined strategies can have on a building’s energy use profile. Co-authors Adam McMillen, IMEG Director of Sustainability, and Sean Smith, Chief Engineer for Trane Technologies, show how the right timing of production, storage, and use of on-site energy can enable facilities to eliminate their use of the electric grid during peak demand hours, save on energy cost, and reduce their carbon footprint.
The Convergence of Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.
“The Convergence of Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.” is a study co-authored by IMEG Corp. and Transwestern, and supported by Karen Meyer, Inc. and HPI Advisors. Healthcare experts from hospital systems, academic medical campuses, development firms, design firms, medical products firms, and analysts contributed to the survey. Topics covered include healthcare “mega-disruptors,” how healthcare will be sought by Millennials and Gen Xers, and what the delivery of healthcare will look like by 2020.