NVHC01

Noise and Vibration in Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Healthcare facilities generally house a variety of equipment and spaces that are sensitive to noise and vibration. This presentation will address issues related to day-to-day operations, unique situations that arise, such as those due to nearby construction. We introduce the concepts of vibration and noise criteria as they relate to sensitive equipment and spaces. Using the special case of MRIs, we will discuss potential sources of building vibration and mitigation measures. We will also discuss the potential impacts of the MRI operation on neighboring spaces with respect to airborne noise and structure-borne vibration. Construction-related vibrations are also a potentially huge source of disruption for hospital facilities. We will examine the potential impact of construction vibrations, methods to predict impact and possible mitigation methods.

AVHC01

Planning for the Future Seven Years Ago

On projects that span many years, coordination issues that impact the infrastructure, design, and various disciplines must be considered. This session presents a case study of a teaching hospital project, spanning seven years, with a focus on the evolution of the audiovisual system design. The course demonstrates the need for high levels of coordination to ensure the appropriate space planning and infrastructure are in place. This allows the audiovisual technology to change after construction is complete, without it appearing to have been an afterthought.

ACHC01

Acoustics and Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Effective designs for healthcare facilities include attention to acoustics. This session will be a survey of architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration concerns relating to healthcare facilities. Learn fundamental elements for addressing speech privacy, sound isolation, room finishes, and HVAC noise and vibration control. Topics will be organized by design phase to present a logical and cost effective approach.

ACAV11

Senior Hospital(ity): Acoustic and AV Design Across the Continuum of Care (HSW)

America’s Baby Boomers are entering retirement and many are starting to think about the next stage of their lives. Retirement communities and senior living facilities have seen a marked population increase in the past decade, and that trend is expected to continue. When planning a new facility for seniors, there are special technology and acoustic considerations — these aren’t your typical multi-family projects. In this session, we will discuss how new FGI guidelines apply to senior living facilities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, and hospitals, as well as how to address the unique acoustics requirements of an aging population. We will also discuss how technology is being increasingly used as a method to aid in the delivery of patient care.

ACHC02

Quiet Patient Rooms: Why Medicare Cares and You Should Too (HSW)

Medicare is tying hospital reimbursements to scores on a patient satisfaction survey called HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). One of the questions on this survey asks the patient how quiet the area was around their patient room. Design strategies for achieving “quiet” will be discussed along with a big picture view of the changing Medicare reimbursement program.

ITGN12

Audiovisual & Telecommunications Infrastructure: What You Need to Know

The course is designed to assist architects and design team members in assimilating the requirements for today’s AV and IT technologies into their projects, focusing at the planning stages. Topics covered include space planning for IT server and equipment rooms, AV control rooms, audiovisual equipment rooms, as well as infrastructure for supporting those systems. We will also review methodologies and best practices for integrating technology into specific spaces. During this portion we will discuss integrating things like video projectors, front (and rear) projection screens, video cameras, and loudspeakers into millwork enclosures and niches.

NVGN09

How Vibrations Affect MRI Systems – How MRIs Affect Adjacent Spaces

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system installations on supported floors are becoming more prevalent. Learn how MRIs produce noise and vibration and what can be done to meet a system’s vibration criterion and to attenuate its structurally transmitted and airborne noise.

ITHC02

Information Technology in Healthcare: An overview of recent changes to Design Standards and Guidelines (HSW)

For many years generic design standards and guidelines have been available to assist architects and engineers incorporate information technology infrastructure into the building design process. Recently, a number of new design standards have emerged that provide detailed guidelines for specific building types such as higher education, K-12 schools, and healthcare facilities. This presentation reviews the ANSI/TIA 1179 Healthcare Infrastructure Standard that was ratified in August of this year and its affect on the design of healthcare facilities. This presentation will also review how trends in technology and converged networking are changing building design, the need for technology support spaces and the demand for traditional wired data outlets.

HIPAA & GLBA – Consumer Privacy Laws

Those working in Healthcare know the importance of HIPPA & GLBA and their impact on privacy protection for patients in America. The first of these laws became effective in April, 2003. Consumers have already filed thousands upon thousands of complaints with federal government agencies regarding violations to these standards. One of the top 3 concerns is “overheard conversations,” prompting healthcare and financial services organizations to seek privacy solutions that can be retrofitted or included in new construction. This session covers the laws, their impact on architects, and proven solutions that can be implemented quickly and inexpensively.

NVGN18

A Vibration Primer for Architects

Vibrations in buildings are caused by many sources and may affect people and sensitive equipment. Learn what the jargon of vibration specifications and criteria means – how vibrations are described – and get some insight into how things vibrate and how vibration reductions can be achieved. Obtain an overview of vibration sources and check-list of design considerations.