Reducing Structural Vibrations in Academic Lab Buildings

Academic laboratory buildings are designed to meet industry standards for safety, often focusing on indoor air quality, ventilation, life-safety systems, lighting, and controlled entrances/exits. The structural integrity of academic lab buildings is additionally important, and structural engineers will design the building’s structural components with the strength and stiffness required to resist building code live load, snow, wind, and seismic forces.

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Topics: Education, Engineering

Designing MRI Suites: Navigating Structural Design Considerations for Success

Each year, HGA’s integrated team of healthcare architects and engineers designs many successful MRI projects. MRI suites can cost between $3 to $5 million for construction and equipment purchase. Because of this investment, owners should be aware of critical structural considerations that can influence a good design.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Designing a Building's Structural Resiliency in a Changing World

Structural is the longest lasting component of a building, designed to meet codes that address geological and environmental risks. Yet as we see with growing research, climate is changing and many codes may not be keeping up with evolving environmental risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Engineering, Research

Complying with engineering code requirements

Krista Biason and Jeff Harris discuss new code requirements and often-overlooked and misunderstood requirements that are consistently implemented incorrectly in health care facilities in the Summer 2017 edition of Inside ASHE.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Generator Shutdown Means

Krista Biason's most recent article for EC&M Magazine focuses on the changes in the 2017 NEC regarding the shutdown requirements for the prime mover and how this requirement relates to other NFPA codes.

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Topics: Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure

HGA Presents at Several Conferences in May

05.01.17
HGA News

We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017:

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Topics: Healthcare, Corporate, Sustainability & Resiliency, Education, Arts & Culture, Community, Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, Research

Up Close: Brent Peterson, PE

04.18.17
HGA News

Brent Peterson is an Industrial Engineer specializing in Lean workflow planning at HGA. He applies a research-based planning process to improve operational efficiency for leading healthcare organizations. Here, he talks about planning strategies from a Lean lens.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Make a Steel Building Sail: BIM and VDC Bring Church of the Resurrection to Life

03.28.17
HGA News

When people think of churches, what often comes to mind is a square white building with a triangular roof and a steeple on top. When the congregation of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection envisioned its new place of worship, they imagined something much different.

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Technology, Community, Engineering

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

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