Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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14 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 mcdmag.com EH&E, Brigham and Women's Hospital wins IFMA award for advancing fi re, life safety EH&E, a provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has won the 2014 IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustain- ability for a joint project conducted with Brigham and Women's Hospital. The award honors a new approach — com- missioned by BWH and designed by EH&E — that "sets a new benchmark" and establishes a "model of best prac- tices" for the improvement of fi re and life safety compliance during and after construction of healthcare facilities. EH&E and BWH collaborated on a program to address root causes of fi rewall breaches and permit proactive identifi cation and resolution of fi re and life safety defi ciencies during construc- tion. The program ensures issues are addressed during construction so the hospital starts with a safe and compli- ant building at the time it is occupied. ECRI Institute launches online infection control course ECRI Institute developed an online version of its infection control risk assessment for healthcare construction activities training course. The e-learning course teaches practical use of infection control risk assessments and management techniques for construction in the hospital setting. The course is also designed to educate healthcare construction workers on how to work around everyday activities, including unexpected construction emergencies, and how to successfully and safely get work done. For more information, visit ecri.org. The AIA releases updated Design-Build documents The American Institute of Architects has released seven updated docu- ments in the AIA Contract Documents Design-Build family. The 2014 Design- Build documents build on the core Building up Nonresidential building activity expected to increase in 2015, healthcare to see biggest rebound The American Institute of Architects' semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of construction forecasters, projects that spending will see a 4.9 percent increase in 2014 — down from the previous estimate of 5.8 percent, with next year's projection holding at 8 percent. Institutional building activity normally lags the commercial market by several months. The rebound expected to occur in the fi rst half of the year has now been pushed back to the second half of the year at best, but will more likely wait until next year. The strongest upturn next year is expected to be for healthcare facili- ties, as healthcare providers get a better sense of underlying demand generated by the Affordable Care Act. For more details, visit aia.org. Industry News PUBLIC SAFETY AMUSEMENT/RECREATION HEALTHCARE FACILITIES RETAIL RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONAL EDUCATION INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES OFFICE BUILDINGS HOTELS COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL OVERALL NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts 2014 2015 strengths of the 2004 edition documents. In the updated documents, early inter- action between the owner and the design- builder is enhanced, calling for clearly defi ned and mandated owner's criteria for the project and requiring submission of a preliminary design by the design-builder. For more details, visit aia.org. National resource explores P3 best practices The Board of Directors of the Association for the Improvement of American Infra- structure recently introduced the AIAI Best Practices Guide, an educational resource for public-private partnerships. The guide presents P3s as a viable alternative project delivery method by defi ning the best legislation to enable effective processes and procedures for the procurement of public infrastructure. It is further supported by briefs, case studies and supportive legislation, as well as member commitment to share expertise and work with the public sector to strengthen P3 programs throughout the U.S. For details, visit aiai-infra.info. Industry groups to streamline green building tool coordination development The International Code Council, ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council will collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction

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