Bell has over 23 years of experience designing HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression, and automatic temperature control systems for hospital, commercial, institutional, laboratory, residential, educational, governmental, industrial, and high-tech industrial buildings and facilities. His experience includes construction of field engineering-mechanical systems; HVAC systems design and operation instruction; O&M mechanical systems engineer and technician; contractor training coordination; 2,600-ton chiller plant operator; 1,050-hp, 350 °F heating water boiler plant operator; and mechanical systems startup engineer. Bell has also authored two HVAC technical manuals published by McGraw-Hill: HVAC Equations, Data, and Rules of Thumb, 2nd Ed. and HVAC Design Portfolio, 865 Flow Diagrams and Details, Airside Systems.
Projects of a certain scope can simply take a while, and such is the case with this medical complex. We check in seven years after the site evaluation but still a year or two away from opening. It’s a good time to ask some questions: How do you plan for equipment that isn’t invented yet? How do you keep adjusting design once construction has started? Explore the obstacles - plus intricacies, such as how the BAS works with emergency power - that make such planning anything but child’s play.
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.