ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Krista Biason, PE

Krista is an electrical engineer with more than 20 years' experience specializing in healthcare electrical design. She understands how the electrical system must support the mechanical systems, life-safety systems, emergency power systems, medical technology and diverse spaces within a single building while taking into consideration the architecture and interiors of the space they serve.
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Q&A: How Health Care Engineers and Designers Can Communicate Better

Research shows the most important predictor of a team’s success is their communication patterns. But sometimes stereotypes get in the way and communication breaks down – thwarting opportunities for breakthroughs.

If you manage, design, or build health care facilities, you may have some preconceived notions of your engineering or design counterpart. Krista McDonald Biason, PE, associate vice president and senior electrical engineer of HGA Architects and Engineers, shares tips for overcoming the perceived “linguistic divide” among health care engineers and designers to achieve better solutions.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Panelboard Bonding in Patient Care Vicinities

Article 250 of the National Electrical Code ( NFPA 70) addresses grounding and bonding requirements for electrical installations — addressing topics ranging from bonding jumpers to grounding of electrical equipment to ungrounded systems and even a section on how to prevent “objectionable currents.” What this Article doesn’t address is the specific requirement in health care facilities for bonding of  panelboards in patient care vicinities. This requirement is above and beyond the requirements identified in Art. 250.
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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Strategic Steps to Sustainability in Healthcare

 

Sustainability and resiliency are common buzzwords today. But for healthcare facilities to make progress in these areas, it's important to take a practical, feasible approach that aligns with budget considerations. Thinking strategically about incorporating sustainability can help hospitals save resources and become more efficient.

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Topics: Healthcare, Sustainability & Resiliency, Engineering

Planning Successful Operating Rooms from an Engineering Perspective

By Krista Biason, PE, and Jeff Harris, PE

An operating room at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Kentucky.

I'm too hot, it's too humid. I keep hitting my head on the med gas drops. Why is that outlet box hanging from the ceiling? There are not enough receptacles, they are in the wrong place. There are not enough outlets in the boom. Why are the med gas outlets over there, how come the anesthesia boom is at the patient's feet, where is my integration system, and why isn't there a camera in the surgical lights?

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

What Came First: Distribution Equipment or Coordination Study?

What came first — the chicken or the egg? This age-old question has been perplexing society for generations. The electrical equivalent of this timeless dilemma is “What came first — the distribution equipment or the coordination study?” In the last few months, I have had many “discussions” with construction team members regarding this topic — most of them not too pleasant.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Words Matter: Understanding patient vicinity and patient space per the NEC

If there is one thing I have learned while dealing with codes, it is that words do matter. A simple word like "shall" means something very different than the phrase "shall be permitted," a distinction that if missed often leads to confusion regarding implementation of a code.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

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