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McKew H.,IPD Group
Engineered Systems | Year: 2011

Hospital-Acquired Infection (HAI) Foundation has been formed to reduce and hopefully eliminating HAI that have occurred to so many people who have gone to the hospital with the intent to get better and come down with an infection unrelated to the individual's original problem. The standard of care group consists of medical, design, construction, and O&M professionals, and first assignment has evolved into the creation of an 'HAI Designer's Checklist: Patient Room Infection Reduction' that focuses on the hospital's HAI philosophy for its specific building program. The checklist is expected to addresses design challenges relative to flow of traffic in and out of the room, health care procedures and involve definitions applicable for the accurate uses of this checklist. The checklist also involves scorecard to analytically choose the optimum materials for the project for the application and a means to document and justify the decisions compatible with the owner project requirements (OPR).

Hartigan W.J.,Providence College | McKew H.,IPD Group
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

The college's director of physical plant had developed a campus automation vision based around an open protocol, keeping in sync with 21st-century computerized technology. Transforming the strategic plan into a tactical plan required some out-of-the-box planning and implementation. D-B request-for-proposals based on performance and using a D-B selection scorecard proved to be the optimum means to select the CAS firm to handle design, build, training, and warrantee for the Phase 1 work. Adding internet-accessed CAS operation to the overall strategic and tactical plan helped ensure this project would become the conservation-driven project the school had hoped for. Placing the energy dashboard in a public space will be a tool to raise awareness of both the college's commitment to the environment and the project's performance.

Mckew H.,IPD Group
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E., discusses some of the important points that the building industry needs to consider in times of recession. The construction industry is striving to enhance its services, and even broaden its business skills, though lacks the skills of high-tech industries. It is noted that design engineers of today's times specify 19th-century brass valve tags and multiple volumes of O&M manuals. Construction managers are aimed to invest in building information modeling (BIM) capabilities and in-house engineering. McKew is aimed to continue to grow in the building industry, and says that its time the engineers take their turn as the design team lead and show the building owners we can be proactive in the building program process. He also highlights that embracing technology and keeping pace with new technology is an effective solution in today's business environment.

McKew H.,IPD Group
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Howard McKew, an integrated project delivery facilitator for the IPD Group, RDK Engineers, shares views on the existing opportunities for TAB firms and the process associated with implementing a third-party TAB business plan. McKew suggests setting up a separate third-party TAB consulting firm, hire an experienced consulting HVAC engineer to manage the firm, create the business opportunities, and facilitate the TAB work. McKew recommends using the TAB 1-2-3 process to establish the TAB consulting standards that also compliment the TABB, AABC, and NEBB organization standards. Howard mentions to direct the business opportunities by networking with HVAC consulting engineering firms, building owners, owner representatives, commissioning engineering firms, construction managers, and integrated project delivery (IPD) facilitators. It has been suggested to draft up a business plan and projected sales revenues to assess each year's performance.

Valcourt G.,Umass Memorial Medical Center andover | Mckew H.,IPD Group
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

In an economic downturn but still with a need to continue to improve health care services, UMMHC's CP&M group recognized they needed to take the initiative to assess all their option when proceeding with a new capital project if they were going to be truly financially responsible in these challenging times. They recognized that requests for additional cooling were common but not always needed.

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