Thursday – Friday, May 2 & 3, 2019
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

Thursday, May 2

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  Welcome

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Auditorium
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dean Pufahl, CHFM, CHC, 2019 President, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). Dean will address the ASHE New Strategic Plan, Chapter Relations, challenges a health care facility manager will face in the near future. He’ll also talk about the value of belonging to an association and ASHE’s impact on how we work.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.  ASHE & HESNI Updates – Auditorium

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar  Room 260
David N. Schurk DES, CEM, LEED-AP
National Strategic Accounts Manager-Healthcare for Carrier Corporation
Curbing Hospital Energy Costs, Heat-Recovery Chillers for Health Care — Of all the challenges facing the nation’s health care system, one of the most prevalent — yet solvable — is its overwhelming energy consumption. Heat recovery-chiller systems aim to capture energy that would otherwise be wasted to the atmosphere. It is possible to capture the rejected heat from the condenser and use it, for example, to produce hot water for use in the hospital. This presentation will demonstrate the basics of chiller heat-recovery (HR), how the HR chiller is sized and how it can be both easily and economically integrated into the overall central plant design. Learn about some unique consumers for recovered heat including liquid desiccant dehumidification and phase-change thermal energy storage.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Gary Collins, AIA, Senior Director, Health Care, Virtual Energy Solutions
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Healthcare Design — This session provides a forum for all the firms and owners who attend to share their experiences and challenges when it comes to not just meeting diversity requirements but also working with qualified healthcare diversity consultants. Learn about the barriers that exist for MBE/WBE/SDVOSB firms seeking to do business in the healthcare sector. Understand the challenges owner’s and design firms face in developing and adhering to established policies and programs. The prime firm needs to know what their options are when it comes to meeting the diversity requirements.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
John Zachara, Vice President, Integrated Facilities Solutions
Brian Forsythe, Vice President, and Eric Butz, Superintendent, Pepper Construction
The Evolution of a Team: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement through Lean Construction — The idea of implementing Lean processes on a construction project for the first time can be overwhelming. The key to implementing Lean is starting small. In this presentation Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc. (IFS) and Pepper Construction will discuss how they implemented a Lean approach on projects large and small for NorthShore University Health. They’ll discuss how to create a culture of collaboration, how to get buy-in from subcontractors, the most helpful tools and lessons learned over the course of multiple projects. You'll get a superintendent's perspective and learn their role in implementing Lean in the field and understand how Lean impacts the entire project from the client to the general contractor to trade partners.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Jeff Janicek, Vice President, Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, and Brian Simons, Project Executive,
Moving Patient Care Closer to the Patient and Capitalizing on Unused Space — Learn how to take advantage of unused retail spaces in the suburban market; how to recognize unused local spaces and benefits of lease and reuse over the cost of new or dedicated healthcare buildings. Gain efficiencies through large-scale standardization across outpatient clinics’ design engineering costs, outpatient business unit operations, construction costs, internal hospital business modeling and review processes. You’ll also hear about utilizing modular construction to reduce the cost of construction through significantly decreased LOI establishment, building turnover from landlord turnover to first patient.

11:45 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch and Visit with Exhibits

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Mark Mochel, MBA, PMP, CSM, FCT, Vice President
Facility Health Inc. (FHI)
Repair & Replacement Capital Planning — “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” — Much has been said and written about the aging infrastructure of healthcare facilities in the US, and how a systemic lack of reinvestment in existing facilities has created a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. At the same time, there is an ever-increasing focus on patient care, the need to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAI), and a general understanding that the physical environment of the hospital itself can positively or negatively affect the desired clinical outcomes. There must be a complimentary relationship between repair and replacement investment levels and patient wellness — and that relationship is measured by the mitigation of risk. How much risk are you willing to accept in your organization? This presentation will provide that context, in dollars and cents, and answer the question, “How Much Will It Cost to Catch Up at Your Facility?” It will demonstrate that the use of an objective data structure, based on risk, can be used to justify ongoing repair and replacement capital planning.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Tom Hutchison, Reid Hutchison and Darius Barkauskas, HOH Water Technology
Big Data and the Future of Water Treatment — The future of water treatment for healthcare facilities will have less to do with chemistry and more to do with data-driven controls. While new chemical and equipment solutions continue to evolve, the pressure on healthcare facilities to do more with less is promoting innovation in automatic controls and reporting IoT data to provide confidence that chemicals and equipment are performing as designed, as well as the validation and verification of water safety management programs. Control equipment continues to improve – equally as important, the ability to remotely monitor and provide data management can allow facilities to spend less time on physical testing and allow the water treatment provider to improve the level of service and sustainable outcomes. At this presentation, you’ll learn how maintenance and service for water-using systems are changing in the next decade. You’ll also see a live demonstration of a comprehensive dashboard solution.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Kent Davidson, AIA, Senior Project Manager, Stantec
David Hehemann, Healthcare Construction, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Shannon Burke, Senior Project Manager, MA Mortenson
Ryan Kallies, Electrical Engineering Team, AEI
Benefits of Implementing an Integrated Design Process — The modern, young Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital quickly outgrew its space and required more space for patient care. Stantec utilized an integrated design process to reimagine their former office space on the 22nd floor to accommodate the critical care needs of children and their families. When designing an intensive care for children, the role of the family and the integrity of function are at the forefront. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Stantec, Mortenson, and AEI had to work cohesively in order to successfully renovate the 22nd floor within an active, 24-hour hospital environment. By maintaining a strong relationship with all team members and staying flexible, the hospital is now well-equipped with a fully functioning ICU floor. This presentation will provide multiple points of view on the joint effort of the clinical users, the Owner’s facilities team, the architect, the engineers and the contractor in developing a successful project.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Austin Rennick, Regional Director of Facilities, AdvocateAurora Health
Matt Mears, Senior Mechanical Engineers, IMEG Corporation
Gain Capacity at Reduced Operating Costs — Case Study of Condell’s Chiller Plant Modernization — By implementing modern technologies (equipment, arrangement, controls), the Advocate Aurora Condell chiller plant is able to produce greater tonnage at reduced energy usage and thus reduced operating costs. Capacity was increased so that a smaller, independent plant on campus could be decommissioned, instead of investing maintenance expense and capital to keep it online. This presentation will highlight the strategies used to design this technology and examine the impact each had on the capacity and operation of the plant. Presenters also will discuss energy savings, ComEd rebate experience, and how the project was executed to minimize the impact on the patient experience during construction. Lessons learned – successes as well as opportunities for improvement – also will be examined.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Reception (cocktails and refreshments) 


Friday, May 3

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  Welcome Back

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Auditorium
Special Presentation
The Healing Power of Humor
Dr. Stuart Robertshaw, President and CEO of the National Association for the Humor Impaired (NAHI), is back to share more about his personal journey, which began more than 30 years ago to learn everything about the benefits of humor. He’ll share what he has learned about the psychological and physiological benefits of humor and laughter as they relate to taking care of ourselves, in and outside of work. Before taking over as NAHI’s founder and fulltime CEO, in 1990, Dr. Robertshaw (aka “Dr. Giggles”) was a professor of Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1971-1998). He is also an attorney.

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Jay Reading, Vice President & Co-founder, Phigenics, LLC
Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention and Risk Management— Learn the steps needed to achieve compliance with ANSI-ASHRAE Standard 188 and gain additional Legionnaires' Disease prevention and risk management ideas and guidance. This presentation will help healthcare facility personnel better understand control and disinfection options, along with validation and verification strategies.

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Steve Genovese, Kevin Rogers & Matt Ziesemer
Western Specialty Contractors 
Fundamentals of Parking Garage & Building Façade Restoration in a Healthcare Environment — Restoring, repairing and maintaining building facades, parking garages, decks, and ramps on hospital and medical office building campuses is a necessary (while not aesthetically-pleasing) project. From re-routing traffic flow, to the inconvenience of minimal parking, to loud, dusty, and disruptive demolition work, it takes skill coupled with good planning to bring success to repair projects. Learn the early warning trouble signs and best practices from experts in building façade and various types of parking garage repair (precast double-tee, post-tension, cast-in-place). Many times building repair projects only arise after a major problem has surfaced. Information is will be provided regarding routine self-performing façade inspections and examples of early signs of material failures.

10:20 – 11:00 a.m.  Break and Visit with Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Quinn Hahs, Project Development Engineer, and Laura Thompson, Vice President, FlowEnergy
Think Outside the Plant: Transform Campus Cooling with Real-Time Data and Smart Control Valves — HVAC energy efficiency typically focuses within the plant; however, effective results can be realized by emphasizing the heat transfer process throughout the entire system. A holistic approach leveraging precision control valves and real-time data analysis at each air-handling unit allows full system optimization. While hardware should provide precise control and stability, software should illuminate energy inefficiencies. Convergence of hardware and software provides the best of both worlds. An evaluation of projects in health care and other facilities will highlight the impact of precise flow control devices coupled with real-time data insights. This will be explored from theory to results, where campuses have seen 25-30% HVAC energy savings and improved comfort. A recent project at Arizona Western College located in Yuma, AZ, known as the sunniest, hottest US city, offers a case study to illustrate these and other points.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Kenneth Bauwens, Co-President, & Bill Heneghan, Vice President of Operations, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors
Mike Hendrick, Director of Facilities Operation, AdvocateAurora Care
Rick Sabatello, Partner, Dickerson Engineering Inc.
Electrical Infrastructures in Healthcare: Planning for Reliability & Staying Connected—Electrical infrastructures are an integral part of patient safety and facility operations. Buildings and electrical systems are aging and require continuous care and preventive maintenance programs. The sequel to last year’s seminar, this presentation will share action items to complete an Electrical Infrastructure Assessment and maintenance plan. The panel will also discuss how to communicate the plan to administration and then steps for implementing an effective maintenance program. Examples will be shared.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch

12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Kevin Pranaitis, Garratt-Callahan Company
Jim Lyons, AdvocateAurora Christ Medical Center

Kurt Skipper, Northwestern Medicine Western Region

James Tucker, Loyola University Medical Center

Joe Ficek, Grumman/Butkus Associates
Water Safety and Disaster Preparedness: Going from Binder to Ongoing and Ongoing and Continuous Process Improvement — Join this panel discussion about ways to make Water Safety and Emergency Preparedness an ongoing, continuous process. Learn from professionals who have been in your position. Topics will include EVS support, battling time requirements, making sustainable and feasible PM tasks, how to document, what to NOT do, mechanical improvements that work, alternative water sources and processes, and how to measure progress. Everyone likely has a WMP by now and is bombarded with sales pitches. Isn’t it time to take control and develop the steps required to keep moving forward?

12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Patrick E. Reicher, S.E., REWC, REWO, CCS, CCCA, Principal

Sarah K. Flock, NCARB, BECxP, CxA+BE, Principal
Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Patient Comfort in Healthcare Facilities: Building Enclosure Design and Repair Considerations— Substandard building enclosure performance can be especially problematic in healthcare facilities in which occupant comfort is paramount to the facility's objective. While separating the interior of the building from the exterior seems simple in theory, the in situ performance of building enclosures often remain inferior to specified design criteria due a variety of reasons. This session will discuss exterior wall and roof performance considerations during the design phase for a new facility and throughout a building's life cycle. Details related to air and weather barriers, windows, curtain walls, sealants, various claddings, roofing systems, and interfaces between various systems will also be discussed. Project examples and case studies will illustrate specific challenges encountered with modern complex building enclosure design and construction, and the validation of building enclosure performance prior to occupancy.

1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.  Seminar – Auditorium
Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, Acting Director, Department of Engineering
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission Update — Annual Joint Commission update on top scored standards in the Environment of Care and Life Safety. This session will discuss current trends and hot topics in the field today. Bring your questions and get answers to prepare for a survey or to keep up to date on all your compliance issues.

3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Adjournment