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AHCA 2017 Program

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 (AHCA Seminar runs from Oct 15 - 17th)

7:30 AM - FHEA Golf Registration
8:30 AM - Shotgun start of Golf Tournament at Disney Palms Golf Course

12:00 NOON to 8:30 PM - AHCA Seminar Registration or combined AHCA/FHEA sessions - Central Registration Coronado Springs Convention Center. This year is casual Sunday. Come dressed in shorts and sandals and relax during the meetings and entertainment Sunday afternoon and evening.

Coronado H
1:00 – 2:00 PM Session I - Interactive Technologies Enhancing the Patient, Family and Staff Experience
Josh Kelly
Senior Associate, Senior Technology Consultant
Franklin, TN

Healthcare systems are seeking answers to achieve “patient engagement,” “ROI,” “patient satisfaction,” “staff education & collaboration,” and “HCAHPS Scores” initiatives and goals. Interactive technologies continue to advance and are playing a larger role in addressing these needs. Enhanced staff training, simplified collaboration, and expanded patient/family engagement are just a few areas that are in the spotlight. Let us take you on a journey through the advancements over the past few years and how design can be achieved to address these initiatives.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Session II - Revisions to the 2014 FGI Guidelines and the 6th Edition of FBC - Coronado H
Mario Tur, AIA
Architect Supervisor
Office of Plans and Construction, AHCA
Tallahassee, FL
Skip Gregory, NCARB
Health Facility Consulting, LLC
Tallahassee, FL

On Dec. 31, 2017 the State of Florida will begin using the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines for the design requirements for hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential facilities. In addition, there have been many revisions to Chapter 6, Special Occupancies of the 6th edition of the Florida Building Code. This presentation will highlight and discuss the most important of these revisions to prepare architects who practice health care architecture to be able to provide code complying designs in accordance with the new codes and standards.

3:00 – 4:00 PMPlenary Session with Dr. Bill Thomas - Independent living is a Paradox. - Coronado H
Dr. Bill Thomas
Founder of the Green House and ChangingAging
Ithaca, NY

People desire to be "independent" as long as possible, yet from cradle to grave, our lives are a complex web of inter-dependent relationships. Most people want to remain in their own home as they age, but ironically, most housing is not designed to promote independence. The high cost of home ownership and inflexibility of most built environments add barriers that prevent us from truly aging in the place and manner of our choosing.

Dr. Thomas will explore these concepts and introduce Minka™️, a “compact smart-home” he developed to integrate high touch technology optimized for state-of-the-art independent living for people of all ages and abilities.

Fun Events included with your AHCA registration
4:30 – 6:30 PM Tropical Beach Party - (Cabana Beach)
It’s a short walk to the beach on the lake at the hotel. (Turn right out of hotel check-in) Join in the fun, listen to music, play some beach games, relax and enjoy some light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. This year is casual Sunday. Come dressed in shorts and sandals and relax during the meetings and entertainment Sunday afternoon and evening.

7:00 – 8:30 PMTheater Production ChangingAging TourTheater Production - Fiesta 5/6
Dr. Bill Thomas and Theater Group

The ChangingAging Tour is live non-fiction theater. It was created for the stage to engage with you, our live audience. Each of our performances is unique, we take pride in sharing in the unexpected but here are a few things to look forward to:
• Remarkable Storytellers - Visionary storyteller Dr. Bill Thomas and a remarkable cast of performers weave mythology and science to bring new, true stories onstage.
• Live Music - Featuring world-renowned musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists, the power of song drives each performance.
• Stunning Visuals - The tour features state-of-the art lighting, visual effects and set design.
• The Unexpected - As one audience member remarked, "the tour wasn't what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed."

Come join us for an evening of eye opening revelations to new ways of conceptualizing the aging process. This Special Theater event is Included with all AHCA Seminar registrations. Nominal fee for FHEA Annual Meeting registrants and Exhibitors.


6:30 AM – 8:30 AM - AHCA Seminar Registration – Central Registration
6:30 AM – 8:30 AMAHCA Seminar Breakfast – Veracruz C and Fiesta Lobby

8:15 – 8:30 AM - Introduction
Scott Waltz, NCARB
Bureau Chief AHCA
Office of Plans and Construction
Tallahassee, FL
Larry Peterson, CHE, CHFM, CHSP
FHEA President 2017
Baptist Medical Center South
Jacksonville, FL

8:30 – 9:30 AM - Modernizing the Human Experience in the Healthcare Industry
Ben Riestra Chief Administrative Officer
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center UHealth
Coral Gables, FL

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center was designed and built upon the foundation of prioritizing the needs of our guests, staff and community. The architectural and interior design of our Ambulatory Care Center creates a relaxing ambiance through the use of natural light and by providing various options to accommodate the needs of our guests and their families. A fine balance of merging natural and functional space has also been a key factor of our success. By focusing on the needs of others, elevating our level of service through pillars of empathy and compassion for dignified care with an added layer of community events, the education and awareness in preventative health allows us to offer a new comprehensive model as we move forward in our goal to modernize the human experience in the Healthcare Industry.

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Humanizing Health Care Environments
George Takoudes, AIA
Healthcare Practice Leader
Boston, MA

This presentation will outline approaches and strategies to humanizing the healthcare environment for patients, family and clinical teams. As technology continues to improve the delivery of healthcare, there is added pressure on design teams to remain focused on the design of a caring environment.

10:30 – 11:00 AMAHCA Morning Break – Coronado H/J Lobby

11:00 – 12:00 NOONThe Household Model and its Place in the Broader Health Care Continuum
Steve Shields
CEO of Action Pact
Kansas City, MO

This presentation will outline the driving principles of the design of the Household Model and person-centered service as it relates to physical, organizational, cultural and operations design.

In the climate of health care reform, Steve will share trends of the implications of the Household Model and the opportunities being presented to senior living projects within the broader health care continuum.

NOON – 1:00 PM - AHCA Seminar Luncheon – Veracruz C

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Architectural Session – Coronado H
Nursing Homes or Bust: Review of the 2014 Residential Health, Care, & Support Guidelines!
President, JSR Associates, Inc.
Catonsville, MD

This presentation will cover the newly adopted Facility Guidelines Institute's Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities. The specific focus of the discussion will be on Part 1 that includes information on planning and programming processes , Part 2 that covers common elements, and Part 3 Residential Health Facilities that includes nursing homes and hospice facilities. An overview will be completed of the functional program process, the environment of care considerations, and the resident safety risk assessment (RSRA).

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Mechanical Engineering Session – Coronado J
CMS and Standard ASHRAE 170/Updates to ASHRAE 170
Chris P. Rousseau, PE, LEED AP
Newcomb & Boyd
Atlanta, GA

This presentation will address the challenges of designing a facility for compliance with both the current Standard 170 (2013 edition), and the edition adopted by CMS last year (2008). We will also provide updates on current and upcoming addenda to the 2013 edition.

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Electrical Engineering Session – Fiesta 5
Technology costs are not in my construction budget!! What is next?
Heather R. Callaway, RCDD
Technology Design Consultant
APG Technology
Clearwater, FL
Todd Potter, RCDD
Technology Design Consultant
APG Engineering
Clearwater, FL

Technology is a necessity and "must-have" in all projects, especially in the healthcare industry. However, it is typically left out of the construction budget and lands in the Owner's list of responsibilities. Due to the cost of audio-visual technologies, it is even underestimated and the Owner cannot get the functionality they desire or they need to add funds to the approved budget. This presentation will focus on costs associated with various technology systems, effects design decisions can make on the technology systems budget to increase or decrease costs, and potential effects during the construction phase depending on different technologies selected and decision delays.

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Facility Engineering Session – Fiesta 6
The Surveyors' Perspective: Understanding How Joint Commission Surveyors Conduct Hospital and Ambulatory Surveys
Field Director, Surveyor Management and Support
Division of Accreditation & Certification Operations
The Joint Commission
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

This session will discuss how Joint Commission surveyors prepare for surveys and explains the new agenda process–including details on the agenda if a Life Safety Code® surveyor arrives with the team on day one or day two of the survey. This session shows how scoring is completed, explains the SAFER matrix, new Project REFRESH pilots, and reviews the new Joint Commission fire drill matrix. The session will also provide tips on successful surveys for the life safety, environment of care, and emergency management issues evaluated during the building tour. Attendees can ask questions during this session to get answers directly from the Field Director overseeing Joint Commission Life Safety Code surveyors.

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Fire Safety Session – Coronado D/G
Review of Revisions to NFPA 1, 2015 Edition
James S. Peterkin, PE, LEED AP
Senior Fire Protection Engineer
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Orlando, FL
Anthony Apfelbeck, CFPS, CBO, CFO, FM, FIFireE, MPA
Altamonte Springs Building/Fire Safety Division
Altamonte Springs, FL

The 2015 edition of NFPA 1 – Fire Code has had many revisions since the 2012 Edition and NFPA 1 is the basis for the Florida Fire Prevention Code. This presentation will highlight these revisions. In addition, this code extracts and references many other standards. This presentation will discuss briefly the referenced standards and the extracted text.

AFTERNOON BREAK - Coronado H/J Lobby

BREAKAWAY SESSIONS - Monday 2:30 - 3:30 PM
2:30 – 3:30 PM - Architectural Session – Coronado H
Advances in Bathroom Design and Equivalent Facilitation: Roles of Sponsors/Providers, AJH's and ADA
Lorraine G. Hiatt, Ph.D., Environmental Gerontologist
Planning, Research and Design Consultation
New York, NY

Bio-care and bathroom use are core services in residential health care (skilled, assisted, memory, traditional and newer small homes) as well as Adult Day Health. Elder care IS bio-care. Peers in 16 states have applied functional research such as 70-80% of elders are assisted. Data on the variations in users, human and device use has led to over 20 sites in these states crafting one layout to accommodate the array of user characteristics and values of resident/staff safety, dignity and streamlined care.  
This session will provide an overview of advances inspired by line staff, therapists, geriatricians, designers and environmental gerontologists. Features, not illustrated in present versions of ADA documentation, are addressing the space itself, fixtures, newer rail technologies and details of shower/floor safety. Bio-care addresses a broad array of activities of daily living, infection control and materials management associated with personal hygiene, bathroom fixture (sink, toilet) and shower use.

2:30 – 3:30 PM - Mechanical Engineering Session – Coronado J
Medical Gas Maintenance Training Requirements (NFPA 99)
Matthew Winn
President & CEO
Winn's Continuing Education, Inc. 
Tyler, TX
Scott Winn
Vice-President & COO
Winn's Continuing Education, Inc.
St Petersburg, FL

NFPA 99 requires (and further refines) the training required for all medical gas maintenance personnel. This presentation will compare the 2012 and 2015 requirements as well as discuss the multiple options for compliance outlined in the new code to be adopted by Florida on December 31st. Florida's medical gas installation training standards will also be reviewed for context.

2:30 – 3:30 PM - Electrical Engineering Session – Fiesta 5
Lighting for Seniors
Mark S, Rea, PhD
Professor and Director
Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Dr. Mariana Figueiro
Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

Everyone's vision deteriorates with age, but there are ways to lessen its impact. Good lighting can make the difference between seeing and not seeing for older adults.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed principles for lighting for older adults and tested those principles in two assisted living facilities. The test results demonstrated that lighting helps older adults maintain their independence and improves their quality of life.

Lighting can make the difference between seeing and not seeing for older adults with deteriorating vision. Designers, architects, and builders can improve the quality of life of older adults by understanding how lighting compensates for the
changes that commonly occur in aging eyes. This presentation answers frequently asked questions about how to use lighting to minimize some of the negative changes that occur with age. It also offers practical solutions for the residences of older people. Indeed, these techniques will help people of all ages to enjoy a comfortable visual environment!

2:30 – 3:30 PM - Facility Engineering Session – Fiesta 6
NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, Risk Assessments
Chad E. Beebe, AIA, FASHE
Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Seattle, WA
Dave Dagenais, BS, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP
Director of Plant Operations, Clinical Engineering & Safety Officer
Wentworth Douglass Hospital
Dover, NH

To apply NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, properly, a facility must conduct a documented risk assessment; according to the code, doing so is the responsibility of the health care governing body. This session will review the application of risk in NFPA 99, clarify who holds the responsibility for conducting and accepting the risk assessments, identify scenarios where risk assessments can be applied, and review examples of risk assessments using available tools.

2:30 – 3:30 PM - Fire Safety Session – Coronado D/G
Conflagration to Code- How Historic Building Fire Shaped Modern Codes
Thomas Gardner, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP
Senior Southeast Fire Protection Engineer
Duluth, GA
Steve Dryden, PE CSP
Team Leader- Fire Protection
Duluth, GA

This presentation offers an in-depth analysis of the causes and contributing factors in some of history’s most notorious structure fires and outlines how the lessons learned eventually translated into modern code requirements. The discussion will include many well-know fires including healthcare and long-term care fires: Greenwood Medical Center (2003) and Cleveland Clinic (1929).

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Architectural Session – Coronado H
Designing Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Using High Reliability Robust Processes
Paul Barach, MD, MPH
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Reliability principles — methods of evaluating, calculating, and improving the overall reliability of a complex system — have been used effectively in industries such as manufacturing to improve both safety and the rate at which a system consistently produces appropriate outcomes. Even the most advanced healthcare organizations acknowledge that they are on a journey to achieving high reliability and need to address four essential building blocks: (1) a culture devoted to quality; (2) responsibility and accountability of staff; (3) optimizing and standardizing processes and (4) measurement of performance.

The talk will review the foundational concepts of evidence-based quality, safety and population heath and develop a better appreciation for the forces and pressures clients are facing. Engaging clinicians in the design and operational process remains the biggest obstacle in addressing the growing implementation gap in providing cost effective and reliable care.

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Mechanical Engineering Session – Coronado J
Analyzing Environmental Quality Indicators (EQIs) in a Dynamic Operating Room Environment
Managing Partner
Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer Wagner, Ph.D., CIC
Managing Partner
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Wagner and Damon Greeley are team members who developed and executed an environmental air quality assessment process to test variables such as air change rates, surgical attire, and sterile techniques for operating room sterile field and back table locations. The team includes a board certified surgeon, an epidemiologist, an industrial hygienist, a healthcare facility engineer, and a hospital design and construction expert. This presentation will compare multiple environmental parameters of three (3) ventilation rates at several sites. While there is much discussion on using additional air changes to help reduce surgical site infections, and there is little evidence on actual benefits, come and see what this team discovered.

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Electrical Engineering Session – Fiesta 5
Changes to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code - 2010 to the 2013 Edition
Larry D. Rietz, SET
Director, Denver Office
Westminster, CO

The State has adopted a new edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA 72-2013. This presentation will review all of the most important changes and how to apply these changes. The presenter will also discuss the impact of the changes on the way you apply the Code today.

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Facility Engineering Session– Fiesta 6
Active Shooter/Active Threats in Healthcare
Zach Hudson
Grantham Systems Incorporated
Zach Hudson, President
Longwood, FL

This presentation will concentrate on a systematic holistic approach to safety and security that will allow every employee to play a part in a collective response to a critical incident. Using a layered safety and security strategy, the facility is able to prepare and manage critical incidents and active threat events.

The Incident Command Team or Emergency Team play a key role before, during and after a critical incident. Leadership roles will be looked upon to provide direction to staff, patients and visitors during a critical incident and must be prepared to effectively manage such events.

3:30 – 4:30 PM - Fire Safety Session – Coronado D/G
Expansion and Seismic Joint Covers and Fire Barriers- Photoluminescent Egress Markings- Life Safety Code Changes
Aaron Miller, CFPS
Florida Technical Sales Director
Orlando, FL

This presentation will focus on fire-rated expansion joints used to prevent the loss of compartmentalization gained by implementing fire-resistance-rated horizontal and vertical assemblies such as fire barriers, smoke barriers and fire walls. NFPA 101 & ICB code requirements for egress markings and the benefits of photoluminescent of egress markings. The presentation will conclude with life safety code changes that effect healthcare.

4:30 – 7:30 PM OPENING of FHEA 55th TRADE SHOW – Veracruz Exhibit Hall A/B (Welcome Reception)


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7:00 AM – 8:00 AM - FHEA Sponsored Continental Breakfast in Trade Show (Trade Show Hours 7:00AM - 2:00PM)
7:00 AM - Noon - AHCA Seminar Registration or combined AHCA/FHEA sessions – Central Registration

8:00 – 9:00 AMeTrack Plans Submissions to AHCA

Debra Gressel
Senior Data Analyst
Agency for Health Care Administration
Tallahassee, FL

Scott Waltz, Bureau Chief
Office of Plans and Construction
Agency for Health Care Administration
Tallahassee, FL

The Office of Plans and Construction in the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will begin a new process of submitting and approving plans and specifications for the design and construction of health care facilities in Florida that will directly affect every architect, engineer, design professional and facility engineers. This will be an overview of the electronic submission of plans and specification and will provide you with the information you will need to complete a successful health care plan submission for your next project.

9:00 – 10:00 AM2018 Guidelines Update –Changes to Keep Pace with Clinical Practices
Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, CHC, HFDP
CEO Facility Guidelines Institute
St. Louis, MO

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction documents are the design standards most often employed by medical planners, designers, and owners of hospitals and outpatient facilities. Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in 35 states enforce some edition of the Guidelines, but even states that haven’t adopted the documents often refer to them to determine their own minimum standards.

This session highlights key changes and the factors that influenced them in the forthcoming 2018 Guidelines. Requirements have changed for recovery spaces; imaging, procedure, and operating rooms; and satellite sterile processing spaces in hospitals and outpatient facilities. Learn how these and other revisions may affect the planning and design of new construction and major renovation projects. This session will also review the Health Guidelines Revision Committee’s efforts to remove outdated requirements, clear up conflicts, and employ cost/benefit analysis in determining the final language.

10:00 – 10:30 AM - AHCA Break – Coronado H/L Lobby

10:30 – 11:30 AMExtremes in Healthcare Delivery and Overcoming Fear
Thomas Koulouris, MBA, CG
Director Health, AECOM
Miami, FL

This presentation covers the immediate 6 months following the great Haiti earthquake of 2010 and a personal journey of leading the University of Miami, Project Medishare Hospital team through extreme conditions, horrific injuries, cultural clashes, and fear.

Topics include patient management, resourcefulness, mission critical focus, and using actual events told in a raw manner as experienced by the presenter. Life and Death struggles on a daily basis, shortage of supplies, equipment, and danger were ever present.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM - TUESDAY SPECIAL SESSIONS: Coronado A/C
ACHA Exam Prep Seminar
Steve Langston, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED
Design Director
Orlando, FL
LDC International, Inc
Tampa, FL

The ACHA provides Board Certification for architects who practice as healthcare specialists and sponsors this preparation for the American College of Healthcare Architects examination. This session will explain the value of a specialty certification to owners and architects in the field of healthcare architecture.

It will review the unique building code and unique programming requirements for healthcare architecture. And it will provide information regarding the unique planning requirements for health care projects in preparation for the ACHA examination.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM When Losing is Winning, A Guide to Permanent Weight Loss - Fiesta 8/10
Dr. Freddy Kaye
Clinical Nutritionist
Tallahassee, FL

Losing weight may be difficult, but it is not particularly complicated. I am stunned by the number of expensive weight loss products and the diet books that confuse quick-fix dieting with permanent weight loss. How many folks out there have actually been successful at LONG-TERM weight loss with these methods? Not many.

The true answer to losing weight and KEEPING IT OFF lies within our habits, behaviors, and lifestyle. An honest and straight-forward guide is needed that you can follow and be motivated by, to finally bring your physical and mental quality of life to the level you want it to be.

Whether you are a child, teen, young adult, middle age person, or even a Baby Boomer like me, my program, The Physician’s Nutritionist, is a proven method of learning and accomplishing PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS. Do it for one month and find out. Learn how to lose weight. You'll be really glad you did.
Life is a long-term commitment. Don’t look for short-term solutions.

TUESDAY LUNCH : Noon – 1:00 PMAHCA Seminar Buffet Luncheon – Veracruz C

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM - FHEA Trade Show and Door Prizes – Veracruz A/B Trade Show floor
12:45 PM - Trade Show Exhibit Awards - announced at winning booths
1:10 PM - Door prizes announced at center food court
2:00 PM - Closing of Trade Show


2:00 – 4:00 PM Architectural Session – Architectural 2 hours Advanced Florida Building Code Requirement
FACBC and ADA Accessibility Standards for Medical/Hospital Facilities – Advanced
- Coronado H

Jeffery Gross, AIA
Jeffery Gross Assoc. Architects
Hollywood, FL

This is a special 2-hour course that meets the requirements for the Florida Board of Architecture to have 2 hours of advanced credit approved by the Florida Building Code Commission. This course will cover details of health care ADA requirements, explore some of the common ADA myths, explain and describe come of the commonly missed ADA specific items, review the history of ADA in Florida and look at the future of ADA SAD and help you to be better prepared to assist your clients in the many faceted world of correctly applying the standards.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Mechanical Engineering Session – Coronado J
Updates to the Florida Building Code and Office of Plans and Construction Mechanical Interpretations
Dave Wassman, PE
Mechanical Engineering Administrator
Office of Plans and Construction
Orlando, FL

This presentation will be a review of the revisions made to specific mechanical requirements in Chapter 4, Sections 449 Hospitals, 450 Nursing Homes, and 451 Ambulatory Surgical Centers for the 6th edition of the Florida Building Code. It will also provide the Plans and Construction interpretations of this and other codes and standards.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Electrical Engineering Session – Fiesta 5
Commissioning Lighting Control Systems

Jesse Felter
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc
Nashville, TN
Tom Divine, PE,LEED AP
Senior Engineer, Electrical
Houston, TX

Requirements for lighting controls become more complex with each successive edition of the energy-conservation codes. Recent codes include detailed requirements for commissioning lighting controls and control systems. This presentation examines the applicable codes, design requirements, and best practices associated with commissioning lighting control systems.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Facility Engineering Session – – Fiesta 6
Hospital Energy Analysis - How to spend less on energy than the person next to you

Kristy M. Walson, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Consultant
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Orlando, FL
James Ferris
Healthcare Operations Manager
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Orlando, FL

The objective is to teach the basics of energy analysis for your hospitals, and then apply several real life comparative examples to the presentations. The objectives are as follows: Demonstrate what you can learn from a basic utility bill. Examine how weather affects hospital energy usage and performance. Describe what EUI and Benchmarking are. Utilize a real comparison between multiple Florida hospitals to demonstrate what the energy usage is by critical, life safety, equipment and normal branches. Show how to read these actual facilities performance and what you can tell from the trends. Identify the low hanging fruit that can be monitored.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Fire Safety Session – Coronado D/G
Inspecting and Maintaining Swinging Egress and Fire Doors

Keith E. Pardoe, FDAI, DAHC, CDC
Door Safety, LLC Founder/CEO
Culpeper VA
Joseph A. Glaski, MBA, FASHE, FDAI
Director of Healthcare Services
Brand Services a Stonington Services, LLC
Gales Ferry, CT

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (2012 edition) requires certain swinging doors to be annually inspected and tested to ensure they function as intended by the Code. NFPA 101 also requires swinging fire doors to be annually inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2010 edition), and NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Protectives (2010 edition). Facilities management personnel can be trained to perform these safety inspections in-house, as well as the routine and preventative maintenance work needed to keep doors in working condition.
Establishing a tier-based priority system for the on-going monitoring and maintenance of swinging doors is essential to an effective door maintenance program.

This education session explains the safety inspection and testing requirements of NFPA 101 and NFPA 80, in conjunction with door usage types and door maintenance priority levels.


3:00 – 4:00 PM - Mechanical Engineering Session – Coronado J
CAV to VAV in Florida: What does this really mean?

Steve Harrell
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
Nashville, TN
John Nicely
Director, Facilities Management System
St. Petersburg, FL

In 2012 Florida adopted the 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which was modified to allow variable air volume control in non-sensitive areas of hospitals. Prior to this change, constant air volume was the only permissible design in both sensitive and non-sensitive zones. While designing in accordance with the updated/revised building code was gaining acceptance among owners, converting an existing facility was new territory for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Converting an existing facility from constant air volume control to variable air volume control is technically very doable without much complication. Depending upon the existing infrastructure of the HVAC equipment and the Building Automation System, the conversion can be very straightforward. However, a prescriptive approach is suggested in order receive acceptance and approval from AHCA and maximize energy reduction potential.

This presentation will define the steps necessary to truly convert all non-sensitive zones in a hospital facility from constant air volume control to variable air volume control and the procedures necessary to comply with AHCA requirements and receive Agency approval. A case study will be presented highlighting St. Joseph’s Hospital North where this conversion has occurred and been approved by AHCA. Energy benefits and complete results to date will be discussed in detail.

3:00 – 4:00 PM - Electrical Engineering Session – – Fiesta 5
In the Eye of the Beholder: Electrical Codes from the View of the AHJ and the Designer

Alex Masterton, PE
Professional Electrical Engineer II
Office of Plans and Construction
Tallahassee, FL
Rafi Wartan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CQM-C
Principal / Regional Director
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Orlando, FL

This will be a discussion and review of the new code revisions made to specific electrical requirements in Chapter 4, Sections 449 Hospitals, 450 Nursing Homes, and 451 Ambulatory Surgical Centers for the 6th edition of the Florida Building Code and the new edition of NFPA 99. The discussion will involve both the perspective of the AHJ and the designer regarding why these revisions were made and how they will be implemented.

3:00 – 4:00 PM - Facility Engineering Session – – Fiesta 6
Pitfalls of Utilizing Temporary Cooling for HVAC Replacements in Clinical Areas

Jerry Fernandez, PE
Tropic Mechanical Contractors
Doral, FL
Rafael R Palacios, PE
Vice President
Tropic Mechanical Contractors
Doral, FL

Adherence to AHCA requirements determining ductwork cleanliness and proper pressure gradients for Clinical Areas makes utilization of Temporary Cooling a highly sensitive endeavor. Various case studies have shown that for certain sensitive Clinical occupancies (Interventional, Semi Sterile, Patient Rooms, Exam Rooms), there are significant benefits to eliminating the use of any Temporary Cooling and implementing a weekend or overnight replacement of HVAC Equipment. The dangers associated with improperly balanced or filtered air should render the space “non-compliant” during the period it is being treated with Temporary Cooling.

This presentation will study the high threshold that Temp Cooling serving sensitive clinical spaces should be required to maintain.
The presentation will provide 2 case studies detailing where the elimination of Temporary Cooling (as an interim step) would actually provide a much faster and more cost effective final result for owner without potential liability of ontamination.

3:00 – 4:00 PM - Fire Safety Session – Coronado D/G
2015 NFPA Life Safety Code Updates
Gary Furdell, FPS
AHCA Field Office
Ft. Myers, FL

On December 31, 2017 the state of Florida will adopt the 2015 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. This presentation will be a review of the revisions primarily regarding health care occupancies made to the 2015 edition so that the attendees can become familiar with this new edition of the code and apply this knowledge to the next design project.

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