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September 26, 2016 · No Comments

This year RDK is lucky enough to have the opportunity to present at three major conferences across the northeast, NCHEA, WEEC and ABX. 

The NCHEA 64th Annual Conference took place August 9th-12th in Wilmington, NC. This conference hosts approximately 400 healthcare engineers and healthcare supply/service vendors. RDK's Dale Norwood, Project Manager in the Charlotte office, presented with Carolinas Healthcare System on Responding and Rebuilding: A Healthcare Facility's Evaluation to Restoration in 58 Days. 

The presentation focused on a small fire that occurred in MedWest Haywood’s main normal switchgear and the events that happened next. The fire virtually destroyed two of the six sections of the switchgear with collateral damage to the adjacent sections. There was a significant concern with regard to long term loss of power. This was especially problematic because of the lack of power to the 500-ton chiller (not on emergency power), coupled with the forecast of increasing temperatures. Not only would this lack of temperature regulation affect immediate patient safety, equipment function, and medication quality, it could also cause long-term damage to patient care equipment. Considering these factors, the decision to evacuate the facility was made.

Over the course of the following 58 days, MedWest Haywood, working closely with authorities, engineering, and the community, to return the hospital to full normal operation. The final testing was completed and the hospital normal and emergency power systems were back to 100% functionality. The emergency response by MedWest Haywood illustrates effective collaboration between all parties and provides important lessons that can help other hospitals as they establish their own emergency response plans.

The 39th World Energy Engineering Congress, the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users, took place September 21st-23rd in Washington DC.

RDK's, Dana Etherington, Senior Energy Engineer/Energy Department Head, presented on driving energy efficient design through project team integration.
The presentation focused on a case study of a new construction project for MathWorks, comprised of three buildings of approximately 550,000 SF with typical mixed-use/office programming. The owner, architect, engineer, energy consultant, contractor and local utility worked together as an integrated team from conceptual design through building occupancy to meet the projects specific energy goals. Many high performance building design components were evaluated in order to reach these goals, including, but not limited to; chilled beams, energy recovery, demand control ventilation, central plant optimization, glazing and passive solar strategies, data center free cooling, and server optimization. EUI, annual costs and carbon emissions were benchmarked through continuous whole building energy modeling and utilized throughout design to provide an understanding of the impacts related to design decisions. The presentation included introductions of the team members, explanation of how the team focused the process and design around the goal of energy conservation and how they kept energy at the forefront from the project beginning, through design, and into the operations of the buildings, wrapping up an open discussion between the team and audience.

This year's ABX conference will be taking place November 15-17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

RDK's Robert Persechini, Karl Gebhardt and Keith Giguere will be presenting on MEP/FP Systems Basics - Understanding the Systems and Designing for Success.

This presentation contains everything non-engineers (such as architects) need to know about the basic function and operation of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical (MEP/FP) building systems in an easy-to-understand way.  Included in the subject matter is the difference between certain systems, what they are, how they operate, and samples of what buildings they are in.  The presentation will also cover how to incorporate the systems into the design of a building based on function, performance, clearances, etc., and why certain systems are used within different buildings.  The presentation will also include examples of building systems in actual buildings in Boston that currently have the system in place.

If you attended one of our presentations already this year we thank you. For those of you attending ABX, sign up for our session. You may learn something new about MEP/FP systems!

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