Mission Critical
Mission Critical October 22, 2018

Case study: Collaborative delivery serves U.S. Coast Guard well

A U.S. Coast Guard multimission building and vessel-support facility project required a revised site plan, ultimately benefitting the project’s overall outcome.

By Matthew Goss, Mario Vecchiarello, Kurt Van Heiningen
Mission Critical October 18, 2018

Case study: IPD at work in health care

Collaboration between engineers and contractors leads to waste elimination and cost savings.

By Mike Zorich, PE, LEED AP; and Dave Pflipsen, PE, LEED AP
Mission Critical October 17, 2018

Case study: Harnessing IPD to fast-track a replacement hospital

Bayhealth is central and southern Delaware’s largest health care system. The new health care campus anchors its services by hosting an inpatient acute care hospital as well as an adjoining ambulatory care center to create a community-focused health village (see Figure 3). At the onset of the project, Bayhealth made its goal clear: deliver the hospital at least 3 months earlier than comparable health care projects. Integrated project delivery (IPD) helped the team deliver a high-quality hospital below cost and ahead of traditional schedules.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE
Mission Critical October 16, 2018

Closing the loop—how commissioning can come full circle

Just about every building project, from a skyscraper to a small hospital renovation, must be commissioned to ensure its safety and functionality. By focusing on proper systems operation, problem solving, and teamwork, commissioning can ensure systems function as intended.

By Mike Haemmerle, PE; and Eric Stephens, PE, CXA
Mission Critical October 8, 2018

University of Florida health: designing the nation’s first 4 Green Globes-certified hospital

Learn how the University of Florida's hear vascular and neuromedicine hospital achieved their 4 Green Globes.

By John Chyz, PE, LEED AP, WELL AP
Mission Critical September 28, 2018

Power-generation systems in high-performance buildings

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing power-generation systems. Safety, maintainability, efficiency, code compliance, and economics play crucial roles in determining the topology of a power-generation system. Specific requirements for power vary based on building occupancy type, facility use, and critical function.

By Tom Divine , PE, LEED AP
Mission Critical September 28, 2018

Case study: Hospital generator noise attenuated

Four outdoor diesel generators were designed for a hospital, and sound levels were better than expected.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid, Houston
Mission Critical September 18, 2018

Case study: Changing the continuum of mental health services

Via a public-private partnership, a Saskatchewan mental health facility was upgraded using integrated solutions.

By Salvatore Bonetto Jr., RCDD, EIT, CDT; Theodore Fowler, PE, PEng, CannonDesign
Mission Critical August 23, 2018

HCI event recap: upcoming trends in healthcare from key women in the industry

Read the key takeaways from the women of the Health Care Institute of Chicago involving topics such as technology, innovation, and mergers and acquisitions.

By Abigail Clary
Mission Critical August 22, 2018

The importance of circuit protection in electrical distribution system design

The electrical engineer is responsible for designing power distribution systems for buildings. Understanding the full circuit-protection requirements will enable the engineer to design the safest and most reliable electrical distribution systems for buildings.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C; WSP USA, Dallas