Critical Facilities Features

Articles and columns from facility managers, consultants, and beyond.

ARTICLES

Guest Column

Focus On NFPA 92

Las Vegas is an appropriate venue for reviewing tragedies, successes, and Standards past and present.
March 1, 2014
Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts.
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Hospital Retrofits For Energy Efficiency

How many health care facilities are limping along in terms of mechanical performance but could be running better than ever with one committed round of treatment?
March 1, 2014
Our BAS columnist makes a house call to prescribe one method of applying retrofit expertise, including the success story of a hospital with mysteries or maladies that required attention in VAV and chillers, air handling strategies, OR ventilation, and beyond.
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Biomass CHP Serves Ohio Veterans Well

Sure, it was an award-winning first biomass design for the VA. And yes, it’s a big efficiency improvement.
February 1, 2014
Just as interesting, though, were the judicious choices along the way to maneuver tricky valve logistics, use CAD to pre-empt other problems, and occasionally recondition instead of replace. These moves reduced first cost, saved installation time, and freed up valuable floor space on top of the project’s long-term savings.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

Testing it all typically isn’t an option. How to determine what (and how many) to check?
January 2, 2014
In the standard commissioning process, there are two primary technical activities that occur on site at the end of construction and prior to systems acceptance by the owner.
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Case In Point

Plastic cooling towers cure hospital’s maintenance, energy cost symptoms

January 2, 2014
It’s no secret that hospitals contain some of the most diverse and demanding environments that require dependable performance of the HVAC system.
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Case In Point

Kansas hospital achieves big city IAQ, efficiency

January 2, 2014
When Geary Community Hospital (Junction City, KS) underwent a $34 million expansion, it was promised a cutting-edge HVAC design that would reduce maintenance costs, increase energy efficiency, and provide unprecedented IAQ.
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Commissioning

Controls Programming Versus Design

Don’t let a “copy and paste” control submittal lead to errors.
December 1, 2013
This column is a continuation of last month’s topic addressing the coordination that needs to be focused solely on HVAC controls during the construction phase of a project.
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Five Tips For Optimizing A Facility Preventive Maintenance Program

November 1, 2013
Chances are you already know that the case for doing preventive maintenance (PM) is watertight. Done right, PM will preserve, protect, and extend the life of your equipment.
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World-Class Medical Campus Solves Emergency Power Infrastructure Conundrum...Reliably

Approach proves successful for massive research and patient facilities.
October 4, 2013
It's a conundrum faced by facilities managers and engineers all too often: planning for infrastructure growth.
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The Heat Is On But The CRACs Are Off... Now What?

With Hurricane Sandy fresh in our minds, let’s examine the anatomy of a recent outage’s immediate HVAC consequences as a guide toward protecting equipment in the future.
March 29, 2013
October 29 was a Monday. It was also the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York City. Around 7 p.m., Con Edison shut power off in Lower Manhattan, and it would be sometime Saturday before lights would begin to flicker back on.
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