IPD Group

North Andover, MA, United States

IPD Group

North Andover, MA, United States

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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.


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: 2011

Several measures that need to be followed while developing strategic business planning (SBP) are presented. SBP should focus towards energy conservation, deferred maintenance, and energy retrocommissioning, as ROI will drive the engineer-led opportunities. SBP relates to concerns about global warming, where speculation has it that 50% of all LEED®-certified buildings by 2020 will be LEED EB. SBP approach is to craft every business development (BD) venture to include product and potential clients by industry, BD process flow diagram, and potential partner where needed. Product tools include a business plan, PowerPoint of the product and process, documents to perform the initiative, performance benchmarking and reporting, script the personality/job description needed to lead the product delivery team, and client maintenance procedures for continuous client satisfaction.


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).


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

The steps that need to taken by the employees working in the building industry to mitigate the effects of the global recession has been discussed. It has been suggested to use the time wisely and supplement job search time with professional development time. The certifications ensure significant revenue for organizations that use their influence on building owners who will include special certification requirements when soliciting consulting services. Second step is to learn another skill associated with current job skills. An estimating course or project management course has to be taken and HVAC design engineers should be knowledgeable about O&M and energy engineering. One has to sharpen the time management skills, which is an essential skill to job security to being able to maximize the time while delegating tasks to others. Checklists are a proven quality control tool, time management tool, and a great communication tool.


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.


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

The role of an energy consultant for building audit has evolved with the growing demand of energy conservation. Some of the skills that an energy consultant should require are understanding the features of a building energy computer simulation, understanding the application of hydraulic modeling software for air and water systems, and have a library of energy benchmarks in Btuh/sq/ft/yr based on application and feedback from past projects. He should advocate the need for an infrared scan of the building equipment and distribution inside and have a checklists of things to look for when touring a facility. The energy consultant should be proficient in air and water balancing as well as retrocommissioning mechanical and electrical systems. He should be proficient in air and water balancing as well as retrocommissioning mechanical and electrical systems. An energy engineer needs to also be a design engineer because too much falls between the crack on energy retrocommissioning projects.

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