This month’s Facility File is based on a project renovation of an 80,000-sq-ft existing commercial office building being renovated to an outpatient health care facility. Although the entire HVAC systems will be removed and new central air handling systems will be installed, this Facility File will focus on the B2B October test for improved hospital outdoor air ventilation and air filters application.
At the recommendation of the design team leader, the HVAC consulting engineer, the building owner has chosen the project delivery method to be IPD (integrated project delivery). The method of project deliver is based on ASHRAE 2015 Handbook — HVAC Applications, chapter 58 (Integrated Building Design). An IPD team meeting was coordinated with the owner, facility manager, owner’s representative, design team, IPD project manager, infection control (IC) 3rd-party consultant, general contractor, and subcontractors, along with a 3rd-party commissioning and air and water balancing (CxTAB) consultant. The team will review chapter 8 (Healthcare Facilities), chapters 36 through 43 (Building Operation and Management), and chapter 59 (HVAC Security). They will also read ASHRAE 2016 Handbook —HVAC Systems and Equipment, chapter 29 (Air Cleaners for Particulate and Contaminants), and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2013 for a complete understanding of ventilation and air filtration for a proposed health care facility. This information combined with the owner’s own knowledge of operating health care facilities will assist the IPD team in understanding intricacies of owning, operating, and managing this building.