Healthcare Facilities are frequently changing to meet industry trends, new technology and changing demographics. M/E Engineering has built long term relationships with many hospitals and healthcare systems as part of their team in keeping up with these changes and demanding infrastructure requirements providing; long term planning, feasibility studies, energy studies, construction documents, construction administration, design-build and fast track construction.
Our staff has been certified by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), in Health Care Facility Design and are national members of The American Society for Health Care Engineering of the American Hospital Association (ASHE). We are dedicated to optimizing the heath care physical environment.
It is through this varied experience, we are able to provide designs that are uniquely matched to the users’ needs. Additionally we also possess the capability to further analyze project needs through Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Modeling. This helps to insure our designs are efficient, cost effective and perform for the patient and healthcare provider.
Insight & Added Value
Pre-Schematic - M/E Engineering, PC works with the facility staff and architects early in the process in order to develop the project programing, scope of work, space requirements and budget, helping to prepare the Certificate of Need (CON) submission to the Department of Health (DOH).
Schematic Phase - The Design Criteria is established. Infrastructure requirements are vetted out in more detail, mechanical and electrical space requirements are studied and a detailed scope report with appropriate options is provided with an Opinion of Probable Construction Cost. The Schematic Design Phase allows the owner and the project team to confirm that all of the project goals are being met. Potential long lead items are identified and preprocurement options are evaluated. Energy Saving opportunities are identified and government/utility company rebate applications are initiated.
Construction Documents - Detailed drawings and specifications present a clear understanding to the contractors for pricing and installation. Design Development documents are provided for DOH review and approval. Constructability and Phasing are key issues that are addressed in order to assure the work can be performed in a facility that needs to provide continuous care and infection control 24/7.
Construction Phase - M/E Engineering is very active throughout construction with shop drawing review, field observations, meetings, punch lists, DOH walk-though and commissioning as well as any post construction follow-up as necessary.
Our designs are tailored to each client’s needs. Every design focuses on energy efficiency, sustainability, return on investment and budget. In addition, M/E Engineering has helped our client’s secure millions of dollars in government and utility incentives for implementing energy efficiency measures and reducing their operating costs, emissions and carbon footprint.
Healthcare Facilities have a wide variety of mechanical and electrical requirements to satisfy their unique environmental and clinical needs. They must be designed and coordinated to be, cost effective, sustainable, easily maintained and energy efficient. They include the following:
HVAC - Temperature, Humidity, Indoor Air Quality, Odors, Filtration, Noise, Vibration, Space Pressurization, Minimum Supply Air Changes, Minimum Exhaust Air Changes, Minimum Outdoor Air Changes, and Total Air Changes
Plumbing/Fire Protection - Domestic Water, Medical Gases, Medical Air, RO/DI Water, Infection Control, Water Filtration, Vacuum, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Nitrous Oxide, Carbon Dioxide
Electrical - Electrical Power, Emergency Power, Branch Circuiting, Lighting Types/Levels, Lighting Controls, Fire alarm, Nurse Call, Telemetry, Tel/Data, Intercom, Paging, Security/Access Control/CCTV, Short Circuit and Coordination, Arc Flash
Healthcare Codes and Standards
There are a significant number of codes, standards and design guidelines that will be used to present recommendations for system selection and sizing parameters. Listed here are several of the most commonly reference standards.
Through the design process, as required by FGI Guidelines, a commissioning agent (M/E personnel or third party) will perform pre-functional tests to insure the design proceeds in a direction that will reduce constructability and operational issues after project completion and owner occupancy. Further interactions from a commissioning standpoint will take place during the construction process and following construction completion during the testing and validation period. We schedule, coordinate and oversee the entire commissioning process and include the entire design and construction team.
Nationally Recognized in Healthcare Facility Design
- FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities
- FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
- ASHRAE 90 – Standard for Energy Conservation in New Building DesignASHRAE Handbook, HVAC Applications – Hospitals and Clinics
- NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities
- NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code
- NFPA 110 – Standards for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
- NFPA – Health Care Facilities Handbook
- NFPA 72 - Fire Alarm and Signaling Code NEC (NFPA 70)
- Labs 21 Design Recommendations
CFD Applications in Healthcare Facility Design
- Operating Room air distribution and contaminant control
- Pharmacy Clean Room ventilation effectiveness
- Isolation Room/Lab fume exhaust discharge
- Emergency Generator/Boiler exhaust fumes
- Building Wind Wake Analysis
- Outside Air Intake contamination
- Cooling Tower water vapor discharge
- Helipad impact on OA Intakes
- Parking Garage Dilution Ventilation