Speaker Presentation pdfs files - 2021

Speaker Presentation pdf files are available to View or Download from the Seminar in 2021.
This information may be helpful in applying for CEU's. The theme was, Planning for Emergencies in the Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities.

Educational Sessions Sunday

3:30 – 4:30 PM 

1: Ceiling Systems for High-Performing Healthcare Facilities (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved) (Coronado H)

Amy Neumann, IIDA, NCIDQ, RID, Allied AIA, CSI, NEWH

Architectural Sales Manager at Rockfon, Tampa, FL

Session Summary: Few specifications could be as important as those for hospitals and healthcare facilities. The ceiling system plays an important part in the overall healthiness of the building, as well as the patients and staff. Attention should be given to ceiling systems with high sound absorption to cut down on noise that makes staff irritable and inhibits patient healing. The ceiling system can save energy on lighting and cooling. It can help prevent mold and infections with its cleanability. It can be made of recycled and recyclable materials. And a full palette of colors can help create a warm and inviting setting appealing to patients, staff, and visitors alike.  

1 Neumann_Ceiling Systems for High Performing Healthcare Facilities.pdf

3:30 – 4:30 PM  

2: 10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should)  (1 CILB Contact Hour Approved)  (Coronado J)

Alex Barthet, Board Certified in Construction Law - The Barthet Firm, Miami, FL

Session Summary: In this presentation, Alex attempts to demystify the economics of the attorney-client relationship by discussing such topics as what questions to ask (and not ask) when hiring a lawyer, how to reduce your legal fees and costs, overcoming disputes with outside counsel, and how to switch from one lawyer to another.

3: Effective Collaboration Tactics for Complex Projects  (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved) (1 CILB Contact Hour) (Coronado H) 

Bob Kramer, Project Executive - Field Operations - Skanska USA Building Inc., Fort Myers, FL

Dave Kistel, VP Facilities & Support Services - Lee Health, Cape Coral, FL

Carl Beers, AIA, Principal and Director of Healthcare for the Southeast - HKS Architects, Inc., Orlando, FL

Session Summary: This presentation will examine the communication approaches and tools used to aid in creating a safer care setting and keeping the hospital fully operational in an invasive construction environment.

3 Kistel et all AIA CEU Template_r1.pdf  

Educational Sessions Monday

4: Disaster Readiness - Restoring the Joplin Health Care Campus After Tornado  (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved)

Ken Cates, Principal at Northstar Management Co., LLC

Sessions Summary: The Mercy hospital and clinics in Joplin, Missouri took a direct hit from an F5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Hear the story of this disastrous event and lessons learned from someone directly involved immediately after the buildings were rendered uninhabitable. This is an incredible story of how a health system evacuated and subsequently secured its facilities, erected a temporary field hospital and then interim hospital, and planned/built a replacement facility.

4 Cates Restoring Joplin Campus After Tornado Handout.pdf

4 Cates_ Restoring Joplin Campus After Tornado.pdf

10:30 - 11:30 AM

5: FGI Emergency Conditions  (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved)

Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, Chief Executive Officer

Facility Guidelines Institute, St. Louis, MO

Session Summary: The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series Guidelines. This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of what new standards are being recommended for the new Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

This effort addressed the need—permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary—to expand patient and resident capacity during pandemics and other manmade disasters and look at facility resiliency to withstand high winds, floods, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. While many excellent solutions have been deployed over the years for resiliency and the past many months for COVID-19, thousands of hours have gone into coalescing lessons learned into a white paper and recommendations for a new Guidelines document that will support the treatment and care of patients, residents, visitors, and staff members during emergency conditions.  A risk assessment process and emergency condition zone maps have been added to the compliance formula of determining when elements of the recommendations need to be applied.

The work of the Emergency Conditions Committee was broken into eight subcommittees:

  •  Considerations for Renovations and Future Facilities 

  •  Resiliency

  •  Surge Capacity

  •  Alternate Care Sites

  •  Small and/or Rural Healthcare

  •  Modular Construction

  •  Residential and Senior Care, and

  •  Operational Considerations

Each subcommittee was tasked with reviewing and vetting resolutions from past design changes to inpatient, outpatient, residential care, and alternate care facilities that addressed the need for changing the environment during an emergency situation.

The results of this year long project will be highlighted with the opportunity for audience input on the recommended requirements for the new Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which will be issued on January of 2022.

5 Erickson_ACHA Emergency Conditions.pdf

6: Post-Pandemic Design: Perspectives from a Multi-disciplinary Approach  (1 AIA Contract Hour Approved)

Tatiana Guimaraes, CAU, ASSOC. AIA®, Associate Principal - Perkins and Will, Coral Gables, FL

Lisa Pool, Principal - Perkins and Will, Minneapolis, MN

Aimee Eckmann, Principal - Perkins and Will, Chicago, IL

Session Summary: This presentation will present lessons learned from this pandemic and how that affects design and planning. It will review experiences from the point of view of health care, science and technology, education and workplace, and discuss cross learning opportunities and the impact on changing healthcare design goals to better understand concepts for current and future projects.

2:30 – 3:20 PM

7: The Importance of Owner Design Standards  (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved) (I CILB Contact Hour submitted)

Edward L. Hengtgen Jr., LEED AP, RA, Assistant VP, Facilities Operations & Planning

University of Miami Office of Space Planning & Analysis, Miami, FL

Elizabeth Delgado, Registered Interior Designer, Senior Designer

University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL

Session Summary: This session will demonstrate how the use of Facility Standard Designs make a more nimble and cost effective way for Institutions to reduce both design and construction times and reduce costs and errors.

Hengtgen-Delgado Presentation.pdf

3:30 – 4:20 PM

8: Emergency Hospital Construction  (1 AIA Contact Hour Approved)

Karl Jensen, Executive Vice President, National Governments Business Line - AECOM, Arlington, VA

Session Summary: This presentation will discuss the issues around creating several 1000 +Bed alternative care facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic in a very short time period to relieve the sudden over crowding of established health care facilities. 

8 Jensen Emergency Hospital Construction.pdf

Mechanical Engineering Track (Coronado J)

1:00 – 1:50 PM

9: Pandemic & Emergency Management Relating to Medical Gas  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved)   

Paul Rumbos, President - Major Medical Hospital Services, West Berlin, NJ

Session Summary: This presentation is a complete overview of issues pertaining to the pandemic response as it relates to medical gas. Including new design objectives for the future to help mitigate past issues, and the NFPA 99 updates for 2015 and what’s new for 2024.

9 Rumbos_Pandemic & Emergency Management Medical Gas .pdf

2:30 – 3:20 PM

10: Future Ready Healthcare - What if We Can?  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved) 

Gary Hamilton, PE, FASHE, EDAC, LEED AP, SVP - East Coast Healthcare Director - WSP, Arlington, VA

April Woods, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President - WSP, Orlando, FL

Session Summary: This session will walk the audience through the new design technology that is needed to ensure that healthcare facilities are “Future Ready”. It will give the audience a vision into what disruptive technologies are affecting the design process.

10 Hamilton-Woods Future Ready Healthcare.pdf

3:30 – 4:20 PM

11: Updates to ASHRAE 170  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved)  

Michael Sheerin, PE, LEED, AP, CEO, - TLC Engineering Solutions, Orlando, FL

Session Summary: This presentation will give you the latest updates to ASHRAE 170, the new approved addendums that Florida enforces, and a look at what is to come in the 2022 FGI Guidelines and ASHRAE 170.

11 Sheerin Updates to ASHRAE 170.pdf

Electrical Engineering Track (Fiesta 5)

1:00 – 1:50 PM

12: Private Mode Notification: A Practical Guide for Design and Implementation  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved)

Nicholas Gabriele, Vice President, Global Service Line Leader Healthcare + Emergency Management, Plainville, CT

Shaine Grogan, PE, CFPS, Sr. Fire Protection Engineer - Jensen Hughes, Inc., Boston, MA

Session Summary: Private operation mode fire alarm systems are now required by the Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code in health care facilities. This session will teach you how to comply with these new code requirements.

12 Grogan Private Mode Notification.pdf

2:30 – 3:20 PM

13: Pathway Survivability - Past, Present, & Future  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved)   

Larry D. Rietz, Director, Denver, CO - Jensen Hughes, Inc., Westminster, CO

Session Summary: The pathway survivability of fire alarm and other emergency circuits that must continue working during a fire has been required in every version of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®.  Over the years, requirements have changed and many requirements have been added or modified. This program will briefly review the history of this issue and where the Code and the industry stands relative to pathway survivability today and what is happening in the near future.  It is also hoped that clear direction can be provided to owners, facility mangers, designers, and installers to accurately navigate this difficult subject for fire alarm and other similar emergency communication systems.

13 Rietz PathwaySurvivability.pdf

3:30 – 4:20 PM

14: Fuel Cells and Micro Grids…The Future is Now  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved) 

Walt Vernon, Principal and Chief Executive Officer - Mazzetti, San Francisco, CA

Sessions Summary: This presentation will be detailed look at the use of Fuel Cells and Micro Grids as an EPS for health care facilities. NFPA 99 and NFPA 70 both already recognize Fuel Cells and now NFPA 110 is currently proposing language that will establish the standards for installation, testing and maintenance. The use of Micro Grids is the next expansion of EPS for health care.

14 Vernon Fuel Cells & Microgrids.pdf

Facility Engineering/Contractors Track  (Fiesta 6)  

1:00 – 1:50 PM

15: Infection Control  and Facility Design Needs in the Time of COVID-19  (1 CILB Contact Hr.) (ASHE 1 Contact Hour)

Robert D. Booth, MPH, CIH, Senior Healthcare Consultant - Oncore, Inc., Tampa FL

Session Summary: Many challenges occurred in the initial response to the current/recent pandemic COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The presentation will focus on initial actions, lessons learned, and common facility short comings during response activities. Information regarding HVAC system, facility design, and future needs will be discussed.

15 Booth_Infection Control & Fac. Design.pdf

2:30 – 3:20 PM

16: Designing and Commissioning EPSS - Be Prepared or Be Paranoid (1 CILB Contact Hour Approved) (Suitable - ASHE 1 Contact Hr) 

Steve Works, Caterpillar Electric Power Generation Product Support, Blanchard Machinery, West Columbia, SC

Mark A. Gelfo, PE, CxA, LEED Fellow, EMP, Managing Principal, TLC ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS®

Sessions Summary: If something can fail, it will, plan for it. The objective of this session is to assist Facility Managers in preparing Plan Bs, in case of failure of each EPSS component, and a Plan C in case Plan B tanks. Case histories will be presented where plans have proven reliable, and where they have failed. Compliance standards will be laced throughout the presentation and Best Practices introduced. In addition, upcoming changes in NFPA 110, Emergency and Stand-by Power Systems will be discussed.

16 Works HOSPITAL 'A' Example Load Bank Sheet.pdf 

16 Works HOSPITAL 'B'  Example Load Bank Sheet.pdf 

16 Works- Designing and Commissioning EPSS Part I.pdf

16 Gelfo Designing and Commissioning EPSS Part II.pdf

3:30 – 4:20 PM

17Digital Twins and PRO (Predictive Real-time Operation) Flow for Health Care Facilities  (1 CILB Contact Hour) (Suitable for ASHE 1 Contact Hour)   

Alexandra Andrei, AIA, EDAC, Project Architect & BIM Manager

Array Architects, Boca Raton, FL
Timothy G. Nichols, Principal, COO, Array Architects, Conshohocken, PA

Session Summary: Proactively assess servicing and anticipate issues with equipment by employing a Digital Twin. During this session you will learn how you can leverage the information from a Digital Twin to streamline facility management post-occupancy data. Explore the pros and cons of the software used in this process, explore how information is stored in Digital Twins and learn how to extract the Digital Twin model to Power BI during this interactive session.

17 Digital Twins and PRO Flow for Health Care Facilities_Andrei-Nichols_10-13-2021.pdf

Fire Safety Track - (Coronado K, which is next to the Main Speaker Session Room H-J) 

1:00 – 1:50 PM

18NFPA 101 and 99 Update to the 2021 Edition - What are the Major Changes  (1 Fire College Contact Hour submitted) 

Skip Gregory,  President, Health Facilities Consulting, LLC

Gregory AHCA Fire Safety.pdf

Session Summary: The new edition of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 are on the street for use and being adopted.  This is an overview of the major updates related to egress and health care occupancies and health care facilities.  Updates to definitions and applications will be discussed.  There are advantages to using the new editions.

18 Gramlich NFPA 101 and 99 update-sf.pdf

19The Life Blood of the Emergency Power Systems  (1 Fire College CEU submitted)  

Ernie George, President Universal Fuel Services, Tampa, FL

Session Summary: The entire emergency electrical system depends on the quality of the fuel supply during a catastrophic power outage. This session will highlight the revisions to NFPA 110 2019 edition and will sort fact from fiction of what is really need to assure good quality stored diesel fuel.

19 George The Life Blood of the EPS.pdf

3:30 – 4:20 PM

20: Requirement for Testing and Maintaining Fire Alarm Systems (NFPA 72)  (1 Fire College Contact Hour submitted)

James Peterkin, PE, LEED AP, SASHE, Principal Fire Protection Engineer

TLC Engineering Solutions - Philadelphia, PA  

Session Summary: This will be a refresher course on the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Alarms Systems in accordance with NFPA 72.

Tuesday Main Speaker Sessions - (Coronado Ballroom H & J)

8:30 - 9:30 AM

21: ASK AHCA 2021

Scott Waltz and Eddie Alday

Sessions Summary: This will be a panel discussion by the Plans and Construction Supervisors and the Lead Fire Protection Specialist answering the questions that were posted on the AHCA Seminar website. Don’t miss this session for the most currently held and enforced positions of AHCA on fire safety, design and construction related code issues. (See the questions by clicking the "ASK AHCA" tab.)


10:00 – 10:50 AM

22:  Be Prepared! Resilience Lessons from Recent National Disasters  (1 AIA Contact Hour approved)

Craig Fugate, President Craig Fugate Consulting, LLC.- Presenter. (Intro by Bill Hercules)

Session Summary: Global resilience has recently been severely tested with pandemics, the effects climate change, direct weather events, and even random acts of terror threaten normalcy. While hospitals are required to have emergency operations plans (EOPs) as a condition of participation, practical preparedness varies widely, threatening resilience at the scale of individual hospital campuses and reaching deeply into their communities. Unfortunately, Florida is a regular participant in several types of emergencies, all of which involve the physical healthcare infrastructure to remain ready to respond, and in some cases adapt in real-time.

This session will address elements of emergency preparedness and community resilience from a lens wider than the hospital campus, but also amplifying a health systems’ role within it. It will address the organizational culture, the physical architecture, and the processes required to remain ready to serve communities with critical infrastructure. The presentation will review past emergency events that directly impacted health care structures and services, describe the outcomes, and the discuss the improved strategies that were developed for future events.

The speaker is uniquely qualified, as he led Florida’s Division of Emergency Management and subsequently led the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He will share his insights and countless examples of detrimental and supportive responses to community resilience.

11:00 – 12:00 Noon

23: Moving to Higher Ground  (1 AIA, FBPE, FFC and CILB Contact Hour submitted)

John Englander, Oceanographer, Author, and International Speaker on Sea Level Rise

Session Summary: Sea level rise is here and it is currently adversely affecting the physical plants of many health care facilities. Florida is especially at risk because many health care assets are in close proximity to the coast line.  This presentation will challenge you to think about the future and steps you can take now to begin to mitigate this increasing hazard. 

Tuesday Afternoon Breakaway Sessions

From 2 to 4 PM there will be 2 hours of CEU sessions in all 5 tracks, Architecture, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Facility Engineering and Contracting, including 2 hours of the advanced course for Architects that is required by the Florida Building Code Commission.

Architecture Track(Coronado H)

2:00 - 4:00 PM Advanced Course for Architects,

24: Healthcare Facility Planning for Future Flooding: Storms, Tides, and Sea Level Rise  (2 advanced Hours Approved by the Florida Building Code Commission for Architects/ 1 FBC Advanced hour Approved for Engineers & Contractors, and 2 Contact Hours for AIA)

John Englander, Oceanographer, Author, and International Speaker on Sea Level Rise, Climate Change Expert. Boca Raton, FL

Skip Gregory, NCARB President - Health Facility Consulting, LLC., Tallahassee, FL

Session Summary: This presentation will take an in-depth look at why flood trends are changing dramatically, the fallacy of the “100-year flood” parameter, why “elevation” is as important as “location”, the need to separate types of flooding to understand the true potential threats over the typical 50-100 year design life of health care facilities and other topics regarding water intrusions that are not clearly understood. The presentation will tie back to the requirements of the FBC, how architects can provide better design solutions, and how to employ this knowledge to better protect vulnerable health care assists from damage.

24 Englander-Gregory  Healthcare Facility Planning Advanced Course .pdf

Mechanical Engineering Track (Coronado J)

2:00 – 2:50 PM

25: Outpatient Facility Design: FGI Code Updates, HVAC Application, Lessons Learned  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved) 

Mike Burton PE, Sr. Mechanical Engineer - Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Nashville, TN

Session Summary: Understanding the 2018 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities is key in designing, building, and maintaining outpatient facilities for maximum benefit to the owner and patient. This session will look at the new guidelines, apply them to HVAC systems, and explore lessons learned from outpatient facility designs.

25 Burton Outpatient Facility Design FGI Code Updates.pdf

3:00 - 4:00 PM 

26: Operating Room Improvements Based on Environmental Quality Indicator Risk Mapping Can Help Reduce Surgical Site Infections  

(1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved) 

Jennifer Wagner, Managing Partner - OnSite-LLC, Discovery Bay, CA

Damon Greeley, Managing Partner - OnSite-LLC, Indianapolis, IN

Session Summary: To determine if improving the asepsis of the airborne environment in ORs contributes to reduced SSI rates, fourteen ORs were reconfigured to improve air velocity in and out of the sterile field, increased relative humidity, real time monitoring of temperature, pressure and humidity levels, reduction of overall air change rates, and staff education on the role of the environment in the potential transmission of contaminants. This session will present the results of this investigation.

26 Wagner-Greeley Operating Room Improvements.pdf

Electrical Engineering Track (Fiesta 5)    

2:00 - 2:50 PM

27: BDA/ERRCES - Protecting Those Who Protect Us  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved) 

BJ Klingensmith, Life Safety Manager - APG, Clearwater, FL

Session Summary: NFPA 72 2010 and 2013 introduced us to Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems. IBC and IFC brought the requirements in 2015. Now it has a separate NFPA code of 1221. This presentation with highlight the definitions, code requirements, UL requirements, different components and future testing requirements of the ERCES system.

27 Klingensmith Protecting Those Who Protect Us.pdf

3:00 – 4:00 PM

28: Best Practice Lightning and Surge Protection per IEC 62305:2010  (1 FBPE Contact Hour Approved)

Mark Hendricks, Technical Director - DEHN, Inc., Fort Pierce, FL

Steven Weber, Senior Engineer - DEHN, Inc., Fort Pierce, FL


Session Summary: This session will present a detailed look at the IEC 62305:2010 suite of lightning protection standards focusing on a comprehensive approach to assure external lightning protection methods are applied, along with proper electrical surge protection measures as identified. 

28 Hendricks-Weber BestPractice Lightning.pdf

Facility Engineering/Contractors Track (Fiesta 6) 

2:00 - 2:50 PM

29: Construction in Health Care: Mitigating the Risks  (1 CILB Contact Hour) (Suitable for ASHE 1 Contact Hour)  

Tony Echazabal, CHFM, CHSP, Director Facilities Eng., Corporate Safety Officer

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Stuart, FL

Session Summary: This interactive session first provides insight on what risk to be aware of and provides case studies on how to apply mitigation tools throughout the construction process. Additionally, answering the questions, "who's on first" and "when is the project truly complete", are fundamentally necessary when building a program.

29 Echazabal_Construction in Healthcare Mitigating the Risk.pdf

3:00 – 4:00 PM

30: Considerations for Designing and Operating Building Water Systems According to Recently Updated ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020
(1 CILB Contact Hour) (Suitable for ASHE 1 Contact Hour)   

Jennifer L. Schmidt, Water Safety Consultant Healthcare – Florida - Ecolab, Maitland, FL

Everett C. Phillips, Ph.D., Water Safety Marketing Manager Institutional - Ecolab, Naperville, IL

Session Summary: This session will review operational best practices outlined in ANSI/ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020 (released in May) that should be included in your facility Water Management Program (per ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 Legionellosis Risk Management for Building Water Systems). 

30 Schmidt-Phillips Considerations for Designing and Operating Bldg Water Systems.pdf

Fire Safety Track (Coronado K, which is next to the Main Speaker Session Room H-J

2:00 - 2:50 PM

31: How NFPA-70E "Best Practices" Affect NFPA 99 "Requirements" (1 Fire College Contact Hour submitted)

Martin R. Perrone, Director of Electrical Safety & Code Compliance - Carpenter Electric, Inc. TEGG Service

Joseph D. Gierlach, Jr., Vice President of Technical Training & Support - ABM Franchising Group - TEGG

Session Summary: This course demonstrates the correlation between electrical safety requirements and how they apply to NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, including; Chapter 4 Fundamentals, Chapter 6 Electrical Systems maintenance, testing.

31 Perrone-Gierlach  NFPA 70E and NFPA 99.pdf


3:00 – 4:00 PM

32: Future Proof Sustainability Into the Design  (1 Fire College Contact Hour submitted)

Kelly Mason, Director of Healthcare Partnerships - Specified Technologies Inc., Somerville, NJ

Session Summary:  The objective of this presentation is to provide a clear perspective of sustainable options pertaining to the life safety aspect of the design. We will discuss assemblies for fire rated barriers that will provide the owner a sustainable process for managing these barriers after the build. 

32 Mason_Future Proof Sustainability Into The Design.pdf

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