John Bilotta, P.E., LEED AP, is vice president and managing principal of Syska Hennessy Group’s Princeton, NJ, office and has 25 years of experience in the design of health care facilities across the country.
There’s nothing simple about the design, construction, and maintenance of a hospital’s protective environment and airborne infection isolation spaces. However, if you pay careful attention to recommended ventilation and filtration strategies for the rooms and adjacent areas, you can handle the pressure (so to speak) and deliver a healing environment.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.