For heart catheterization and stereotaxis labs, we provided engineering services for connections to owner-purchased equipment (Siemens, Philips, etc.) and pathways for equipment wiring by way of conduits, cable trays and wall and floor ducts where necessary. HVAC systems are designed to accommodate heat output and cooling needs of equipment, as well as providing appropriate pressurization and air changes within the space, generally using laminar flow diffusers above the beds to minimize drafts above the patients.
Lighting is provided using dimmable fluorescent downlights over patient beds, with decorative image fixtures, surgical light booms and additional linear fluorescent fixtures around the perimeter of the rooms to supplement lighting as necessary for cleaning the space between procedures.
Power and data systems are provided around the rooms and on the equipment and anesthesia booms, to connect supplementary equipment and patient monitoring per the facility’s needs. Additional conduits were run to the control room to provide for additional equipment and monitoring devices. Medical gas connections were provided on perimeter walls and also through equipment and anesthesia booms, with one or two nitrogen control panels.
As a result of being designed in Revit—a Building Information Modeling (BIM)software which allows the user to design with both parametric 3D modeling and 2D drafting elements—this project experienced a low number of change orders and was completed two months early.
Planning for the New Normal
In Planning for the NEW NORMAL, we must provide ways to make the built environment safe and healthy. What Strategic Operations Planning is necessary to ensure your Organization and its facilities, equipment, and people are prepared for the “What’s Next?”