Each year, the ASHE Annual Conference provides health care facility management and engineering professionals the tools they need to navigate and adapt as the health care landscape shifts. Sessions showcase thought-provoking research and presentations that focus on compliance strategies, operational excellence, leadership, management development, and other topics affecting health care facility professionals.
CBRE | Heery architects and healthcare experts Scott Hansche, Managing Director, AIA, LEED AP, and Gordon Smith, Project Designer, AIA were joined by Phil Boothby and Luke Leyden of the University Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital project team to present Designing and Preparing Your Facility for Disaster Readiness at this year’s conference held July 15-18 in Seattle, Washington. The team used examples from the award-winning University of Iowa Children’s Hospital to highlight the importance of planning for severe weather events while not compromising other healing aspects of a facility. The new hospital achieved safety while supporting exceptional natural daylight and views. The building ensured critical systems would continue to operate before, during, and after the event.
Details of the design, construction, and testing of the building envelope and mechanical and electrical systems were explained including the process used to evaluate systems and their design for severe weather. The team also shared with audience members the process of designing the glass and testing the exterior envelope components for severe weather.