Thursday – Friday, May 7 & 8, 2020
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

Thursday, May 7

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: Jonathan Fanning. 

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

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar  Room 260
Jack Gosselin and Peter Martin, Gosselin/Martin Associates
The Facility Professional's Toolbox, Session 1: Level Setting  — This first segment of a two-part presentation will focus on proper alignment and communication at the individual level. Open communication creates a foundation for strong manager/employee work relationships: Level setting conversations between manager and employee help to establish this foundation. Employee goal alignment, a clear understanding of job expectations, and acceptable levels of performance are a natural outcome of level setting. Succinctly, employees will know what is expected of them through these conversations. If job alignment does not exist, level setting can help uncover the reasons for misalignment.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Brandon M Gross, Director of Water Hygiene, Earthwise Environmental, Inc.
Preparing for Legionnaire’s Disease in Your Facility — Legionella in building water systems has become a growing area of concern and attention among healthcare institutions due to an increasing number of infections and high-profile outbreaks in recent years. Cases of nosocomial Legionellosis have also become highly litigious, leading healthcare administrators to realize the value of investment in good water management practices to reduce their total cost of risk. This presentation will discuss tips for preparedness in the event of a nosocomial Legionella infection in a facility, informed by the presenter’s experience responding to Legionella outbreaks. Additionally, the presentation will share upcoming changes to the landscape of Legionella prevention, including new or soon to come regulations, standards, and certifications.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Jack Gosselin and Peter Martin, Gosselin/Martin Associates
The Facility Professional's Toolbox, Session 2: What You Have, What They Want — Now the focus shifts to internal and external factors that influence facilities careers. These are challenging times to work in healthcare facilities. No matter your role, director, manager, supervisor, or tradesperson, you are likely beyond maxed out, and you probably have little time to think about big picture items related to your organization and your career. That’s why we developed this program, to help make sense of the discipline, identify trends, and provide attendees relevant information to help build their career. You don’t have time to do this, but this is what we do. This interactive session offers interactive, useful, and actionable information to help.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Ron Petrucci, BMS CAT
Mold: How to Prevent it, Identify it, Remediate it — This session will define mold, its sources, growth characteristics and the damage it can cause if not identified and removed in a timely manner. What does mold look like? What conditions invite mold? Where can it grow? Is it a problem in only old buildings? On what ways can mold damage a building? What’s involved in mold remediation? How can you prevent mold from coming back? These and many more questions will be addressed.

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

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Laurence Wilson and Jean Gibbons, WSP USA
Kenneth Monroe, Cook County Stroger Hospital
Space-Building Air Pressure Management for Contamination-Moisture Control — Air pressure management in hospitals is required at the room level, at the suite level, at the air handling unit service area level and at the building level. Satisfying each of these requirements simultaneously, over time, can be challenge for a building and its' systems. Such a challenge requires the full building team to integrate their efforts in order maximize contamination control in critical occupied spaces and maximize moisture control through the building envelope. Understanding the basic science of air pressurization, contamination control vs. infection control and moisture transfer is where the untangling begins. Understanding the engineering, construction and commissioning are crucial. And the management of both of these phenomena over the life of the building as User needs, weather, construction porosity and controls change over time cannot be underestimated. This presentation will look at how to address to address space air pressure management for contamination control while at the same addressing AHU/building air pressure management for moisture control.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 266

Patrick E. Reicher, S.E., REWC, REWO, CCS, CCCA, Principal, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Demetria E Boatwright, E.I.T., CDT, Structural Engineering Intern, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Capital Asset Evaluations for Aging Facilities and Building Enclosures — Although medical facilities are often designed for useful service lives in excess of 50 years, buildings and infrastructure begin the aging process the moment construction is complete. Aging components and systems will need to be repaired and/or replaced over time. It is not a question of "if" but rather "when." Capital asset evaluations performed by experienced professionals at regular intervals can assist building owners and facility managers to anticipate “what lies ahead” so that they can plan and budget to maintain, and in some cases enhance, existing facilities. This presentation will discuss the goals and benefits of capital asset evaluations and address topics such as best practices, recommended scope and frequency, applications of innovative drone technology, and life cycle cost analysis.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Scott Burcroff, CHFM, CHEP, Technical Operations Manager for Facilities Engineering, Parkview Health
Erik Merker, CEM, BCxP, Director of Energy Services, Sitton Energy Solutions
Doug Sitton, PE, President, Sitton Energy Solutions
Optimizing Facility Performance/Maximizing Return on Investment — Hospitals face many headwinds when it comes to optimizing the performance of their buildings, not the least of which are the lack of capital and staff resources. This obstacle often leads to a less strategic, and more sporadic approach. This session will share how Parkview Health is taking a more strategic, continuous, and analytical approach to optimizing the performance of their buildings and maximizing their ROI. The results of more efficient buildings include: maximum energy savings at the lowest cost, lower operation and maintenance costs, optimum occupant comfort and health, and reduced carbon emissions. The session will review Parkview’s strategy and plan for each step of the process – a process that began in January 2019 – and share their results to date. To broaden the message, acknowledging that one size doesn’t fit all, Sitton will add comparisons and contrasts with other healthcare systems who are also achieving success.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Mike Bodon, CEO of AQUIS
Matt Mears, Senior Mechanical Engineers, IMEG Corporation
Ensuring TJC and Life Safety Code Compliance for Air Handler Refurbishment via NFPA 90A — In 2012, TJC adopted the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. In November of 2016, The Joint Commission took a deeper dive into these codes and made revisions that took effect January 1, 2018. One of these key revisions is specific to minimizing and containing fire and smoke, and makes numerous references to NFPA 90A, being the “Standard for the Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems,” which outlines the stringent compliance requirements for any product or supplementary material exposed to the air stream within an HVAC System. In this presentation, Mike Bodon will discuss the importance of NFPA 90A and why it’s the law, as well as outline common practices specific to air handling unit repair and maintenance that are not compliant with TJC or NFPA 101: Life Safety Code (of which NFPA 90A is a part). Mike will also share some NFPA data specific to hospitals, as well as our own first-hand knowledge and pictures evidencing fires originating from commercial HVAC equipment. Lastly, Mike will provide attendees with educational resources specific to NFPA 90A and solutions, such as AQUIS, that fully comply with this standard - and why.

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


Friday, May 8

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

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Auditorium
Special Presentation: Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP
Director, Department of Engineering
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.

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Reg Bruce, Balancing and Controls Specialist, Victaulic
Rich Pasquesi, Engineering Specialist, Thermosystems, Inc.
Hydronic Balancing and Controls — Join Balancing and Controls Specialist, Reg Bruce, and Engineering Specialist, Rich Pasquesi, as they present Hydronic Balancing and Controls, using an interactive hydronic loop. Learn about the big and little things that provide the keys to balancing, pump optimization, flow adjustment and fine-tuning system controls for greater energy efficiency.

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 266

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Catherine M. Tojaga, P.E., President, CT Mechanical
ABCs of Fire Life Safety — The primary purpose of any HVAC system is to maintain the occupants desired environmental condition by regulating temperature, humidity, air motion, and air quality. this system, which reaches every occupiable space in the building, also has the potential to convey fire, lethal smoke, and toxic gasses to its occupants if left unchecked. For this reason, the successful installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of Dampers that are designed to control fire and/or smoke that are located in the HVAC system is of paramount importance. This session will discuss Fire Safety objectives, highlight the use of NFPA 90A and explain the selection process and uses of various types of dampers.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar  Room 266
Patrick M. Leach, Business Development Manager, Alfa Laval Pure Air
Controlling & Maintaining Operating Room Environmental Parameters — The operating room (OR) in any hospital is one of the most demanding settings from both the clinical and facility perspective. Highly complex and lengthy medical procedures combined with appropriate gowning, gloving and PPE protocols present a daunting challenge to the surgical team while required environmental parameters as set forth in the healthcare guidelines, 20%‐60% relative humidity and 68°F‐ 75°F, may be periodically difficult to maintain from the facility side. Especially, compounded when surgeons request lowered temperatures than the guideline range permits. This session will address the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) methods for controlling and maintaining temperature and humidity levels within the OR setting.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Adjournment