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2018 Hospital Construction Survey Addresses Hurricane Hardening

Designing and building central plants for hospitals is no longer limited to efficient systems with redundancy for critical components.  The lessons learned in Texas and Florida after major hurricanes are leading to changes in design and construction approaches for medical systems and similar environments.

According to the 2018 Hospital Construction Survey, conducted by The American Society for Healthcare Engineering, 89 percent of facilities professionals consider “resiliency” when designing and building new spaces.  Resiliency in construction means structures and components that resist both natural and human caused disasters, and allow for fast recovery after events. Continue reading

Storm Considerations in Central Plant Construction

The 2017 Hurricane Season was particularly brutal to infrastructure in the south and Caribbean this year, highlighting the challenges that stem from flooding and high winds.  Too often, storm consideration is a small component of overall central plant construction – but as we’ve all seen lately, when serious storms arrive, the impact can be devastating. Continue reading