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Getting your Hospital Up and Running, Post-catastrophe : A Case Study

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Melinda Wood Allen

CEO, Allen & Company Environmental Services

Melinda Allen is president and CEO of Allen & Company Environmental Services (WBENC and HUB status certified) She has worked in a variety of aspects of the indoor environmental industry since 1991. She is a certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (NADCA), Certified Indoor Environmentalist (IAQA), and certified TDI CEU training provider. She holds an Asbestos Contractor License. Her company is additionally licensed in Mold Remediation, Lead Abatement, Heating, Ventilation and Refrigeration, Pest Control, and is DOT and OSHA-certified in Bio-hazard and hazardous waste removal.

Mrs. Allen is active in the company operations, overseeing safety and regulatory issues, conducting employee training classes for workers and supervisors. She is also a sought after speaker for asbestos, mold, insurances and leadership training classes.

She has served as Education and Training Instructor and CE provider for these and related industries since 2000. Her articles are published in multiple national trade publications, including Claims Magazine, Plumbing and Maintenance, NADCA and the AC(HR)News. Her company is proud to provide a wide range of environmental services across the state.

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Joe Cockrum

Emergency Services Director, Cavalry Construction & Restoration

Joe Cockrum has over 8+ years in the construction & restoration industry. He currently has several years of industry experience as a professional contractor and consultant and spent time early in his career working directly for large property insurance carriers. His professional experience includes residential, commercial, and industrial construction & restoration with a focus on mitigation and emergency services during disasters, catastrophes, and large losses. Mr. Cockrum has a strong background in disaster and catastrophe response and coordination with an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in water mitigation, fire/smoke remediation, temporary structural repairs, forensic demolition, and mold remediation. He is skilled in handling production and operations on large loss projects which have previously included damages from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, industrial fires, explosions, and other catastrophic events. These projects have included the need for restorative drying techniques, humidity and climate control, generated power and supply, odor and soot removal, indoor air quality containment, along with the challenges of jobsite safety in a disaster or catastrophe environment. Mr. Cockrum is a Texas licensed Mold Remediation Contractor, holds several IICRC certifications, and is a member of the Restoration Industry Association. His background also includes investigating and evaluating property loss damages which has given him a wealth of experience in loss estimation, reviewing and formalizing project scopes, project budgeting, scheduling, and quality control.


In 2018 Coryell Memorial Healthcare System experienced an unprecedented catastrophe. A powerful explosion of natural gas from a new construction site created a concussion that affected the entire property. The campus included the only local ER, ORs, acute and chronic patient care, as well as a nursing home and assisted living center. It was absolutely necessary to get it up and running safely ASAP.

In this case study we will explore the successful remediation of the campus, including: humidity & climate control in summer conditions, working with infection control and facilities management to prioritize work areas & create work plans, containing/controlling contaminants, communicating & cooperating with medical staff, working in patient occupied areas, assuring patient and worker safety, and achieving a high level of cleanliness in all areas including HVAC system, and efficient re-build to restore Coryel to full function in the shortest time possible.

Emergency Power Systems, Reliability, and Upgrades that Improve Healthcare Performance for Disasters and "Nuisance" Events

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Craig Ayers

Director of Facilities Engineering, Memorial Hermann Health System

Craig Ayers has held numerous leadership positions in healthcare facilities management for over 38 years. Currently, he is the Director of Facilities Engineering at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Craig’s facility at Northeast has attained the Energy Star label and has received the ASHE E2C award for 25% energy reduction. The Northeast campus continues to be an Energy Star ranked facility. Craig has held similar positions at HCA as Director of Engineering and Security at the Bayshore and East Houston campuses in the Houston area as well as Director of Plant Operations at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas. His leadership positions have included facility engineering, clinical engineering, security, and construction management of more than $270-million in capital projects.

Craig attended Ohio University, where he received his Master of Health Administration degree in 2011. Craig holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University. He is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Safety Management Practitioner, and Certified Pool and Spa Operator (CPO).

Craig has served three years on the Board of Directors for Keep Longview Beautiful and one year as president. He received the Shooting Star Award from Good Shepherd Medical Center and spent several years as part of their Chaplaincy Program. He is active with the Boy Scouts in the Mont Belvieu area. Craig and his wife Carrie reside in the Baytown area with their son Christopher with one daughter living in Ft. Worth.


Addressing issues with emergency power systems has always been problematic in healthcare institutions due to the critical nature of those systems. The industry expects these systems to work every time, all the time. Reliability is key and most of us have experienced problems with generators that would not start or transfer switches that would not operate properly, and make our best efforts to remedy the problem and continue operations. Redundancy is also an important topic and goal to achieve with these critical systems. Although not a code requirement, redundancy has become more important to our industry – especially given the frequency of natural disasters in the Gulf coast. Over time, emergency power system components must be updated in order to ensure reliability – always a challenge in a fully functioning hospital environment.

This presentation will describe an Emergency Power Renovation Project at Memorial Hermann Northeast. It will detail the steps it took to develop and execute a multi-phased project to provide a safe and efficient emergency power distribution system that should support the hospital for many years to come; and improve redundancy of the distribution system. The presentation will also detail the communication plan and the steps involved at getting the healthcare staff involved at mitigating patient risk during the project.

Off-Site Construction: Realizing the benefits of manufacturing in design and construction

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Samuel Balunda

Preconstruction Manager, BakerTriangle Prefab

Sam Balunda is the Preconstruction Manager at Baker Prefab, overseeing all activities spanning from conceptual design input to final contract negations. Sam holds a degree in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University. Sam currently is an active member of TEXO Young Constructors Council and serves as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Sam began his career working for General Contractors in the DFW metroplex focusing on the Healthcare Sector. Having a strong knowledge base in Commercial Construction by working as a GC, Sam’s transition to Preconstruction Manager for Baker Prefab was a natural fit. Sam’s role focuses on the early implementation of Prefab by working directly with Owners, Architects, and General Contractors. Helping people to understand the benefits of prefab exterior wall panels and working through project specific details with Teams are some of Sam’s key focuses.

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Nelson Beaver, PE

Director of Engineering Operations, Brandt

Nelson Beaver is the Director of Engineering Operations at Brandt, overseeing the management of MEP design-build and design-assist projects during preconstruction. Nelson has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Oklahoma Christian University and holds a P.E. license in the state of Texas. Nelson is a member of ASHRAE, participates in Walk MS Dallas, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. Nelson has worked for Brandt since 2010 in preconstruction, engineering, project management, retro-commissioning and service. His projects span a wide variety of vertical markets including Industrial, Data Centers, Corporate Offices, and Healthcare. Nelson believes that maximizing the benefits of pre-fabrication requires early contractor involvement and planning for prefab by the project team. Design-build and design-assist projects allow Nelson’s group to be integral to project teams and enable MEP prefabrication to improve schedule and constructability issues. Prefabrication is most effective when the entire project team from owner to sub-contractors make an early decision to implement prefab in the design phase.


The current state of the construction market is often described as robust and thriving but taking a closer look reveals major inefficiencies, labor shortages, technological shortcomings, and poor quality. Today’s Owners need to be demanding smarter approaches and Off Site construction helps solve many of today’s problems.

Heat Recovery Outside Air Handlers – What is Working, What is Not Working – Recommendations to Maximize Energy Efficiency, Control Humidity Levels, and Patient Comfort at Your Hospital.

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Caleb Brantley, PE

Vice President of the Southwest Region, Bernhard TME

Caleb Brantley is the Vice President of Southwest Operations at Bernhard TME. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Caleb is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He has more than 9 years of industry experience, specializing in energy management and Retro-Commissioning.


Jason Mazurek, PE

Vice President of Business Development, Bernhard TME

Jason's bio coming soon.

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Caleb Haynes, PE

Vice President of Business Development, Bernhard TME

Caleb Haynes is the Vice President of Business Development at Bernhard TME. Caleb is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare and higher education consulting engineering at Bernhard TME. During his career, he has specialized in healthcare engineering for new construction, renovation, retro-commissioning, and infrastructure projects. Caleb is also actively involved in ASHRAE, where he serves on the society committee SSPC 170 – Ventilation of Healthcare Facilities and SPC 189.3 – Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities.


Heat Recovery Air Handling Units (AHUs) have gained popularity recently and are often thought of as the ideal HVAC equipment for improving energy efficiency and controlling humidity. Heat recovery and desiccant technologies are proven to maximize energy efficiency by recovering 60-95% of the heat in exhaust air, lowering the building’s overall heating and cooling demand. However, in order for these technologies to save energy, Facility Managers and staff must understand the design conditions and operational limits of Heat Recovery Air Handlers.

This session will explore the benefits of Heat Recovery AHUs, including what makes them an effective tool for improving energy efficiency, humidity control, and patient comfort. This session will also discuss the challenges of effective operation and control of Heat Recovery AHUs and provide methods for maximizing energy efficiency and optimizing control. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the types of heat recovery AHUs and their operational limits as well as proven methods for making them work for your facility.

Controlling Your Workers' Compensation Costs - Financial and Human

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Pat Crawford

Worker's Compensation Specialist, Division of Workers' Compensation, Texas Department of Insurance

Pat Crawford is a worker's compensation specialist for the Division of Workers' Compensation. For 25 years, prior to joining DWC, she managed workers' compensation claims, adjusters and costs for Levi Strauss & Co. She was responsible for legislative and regulatory matters in 13 states. She served on the Board of Directors responsible for establishing the Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund, which eventually became Texas Mutual Insurance Co. She has participated in numerous committees and organizations addressing workers' compensation and labor concerns across the Country.


Controlling workers' compensation cost is a major concern for employers. It is important that employers have a good understanding of our workers' compensation system. Employers will learn what they can and should be doing to help reduce costs, learn how to eliminate costly unnecessary lost time, and reduce staff turnover and absences.

Refrigerants: Where are we headed in North America?

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William Dietrich

Product General Manager, Chillers - Daikin Applied Americas

Product General Manager for Chillers at Daikin Applied Americas. This includes all air cooled and water cooled Centrifugal and Positive Displacement machines. Prior to joining Daikin Applied, Bill was the Vice President of Global Engineering for Baltimore Aircoil Company. In addition, Bill spent many years at both McQuay and York International prior to joining BAC.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Bill has held numerous Engineering and Marketing Applications positions addressing commercial/industrial HVAC equipment (chillers, AHU, rooftops, cooling towers and evaporative condensers) and systems using these components.

He has a deep chiller background and was involved in the transition from CFCs and HCFCs to HFCs, and is actively involved in the work and discussions regarding the new low GWP refrigerants.

Bill has a BSME from University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management. He is active in industry organizations such as AHRI and ASHRAE. Past chair of TC 8.2, Centrifugal Machines, and the ASHRAE CEC, and a recipient of the ASHRAE distinguished service award. He is currently an active member AHRI and Vice-Chair of the Chiller Section Committee. br />

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Mike Donovan

President, Owner HTS Texas

Mike Donovan, a 2009, 2010 and 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, is the president and owner of HTS Texas. In this role, he has incorporated market-changing, innovative concepts and personalized customer service, enabling the company to grow from start-up to gross $163 million in 2015, receive Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 award in 2010 and 2014, and Houston Chronicle's Best Workplaces Award in 2010 and 2011.

Along with numerous top sales achievement awards from York International and Daikin Applied, Donovan has earned the Daikin Applied Pinnacle Award twice, a prestigious honor that commends leaders who help their companies grow and increase market presence and community involvement, while promoting employee and supplier relations.

Donovan is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (Gulf States Chapter) and, over the past decade, has served on several industry advisory boards where he was involved in the research and development, marketing, operations and engineering support of new product development. He is an alumni of Entrepreneurs Organization and Houston Business Journal's 40 under 40. Donovan is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds ASHRAE High Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications.

Donovan serves on the ASHRAE Board of Governors and he is the Regional Vice Chairman for Research Promotion from 2015-2018. In 2014 he received the Jack Thompson Award for best Region VIII president and was awarded the William J. Collins, Jr. Research Promotion Award in 2013, which recognizes a committee member for raising significant ASHRAE research funds. Donovan received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and attended Houston Stratford High School. He was also honored as a member of the prestigious Aggie 100 in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and 2014 which recognizes top Aggie-owned businesses and leaders throughout the world.

Donovan is an active member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church and School Community. He provides financial contributions towards St. Cecilia's annual golf tournament, Athletic Fund, Forward in Remembrance Campaign, school auction, annual fund and Dad's softball tournament. Donovan financially contributes on an annual basis to the Memorial Hermann Heroes in Health, +Works, and ASHRAE research, and donates to muscular dystrophy, cancer research and other pervasive developmental disorder charities. He is very supportive of the Houston Based Parish School, whose mission is to identify, educate and empower children who have language and learning differences.


The refrigerant issue is back! Those of you who have been in the industry for some time may remember the transition away from CFCs and HCFCs. With new climate considerations many of the refrigerants we are using today are being called into question for the future. This presentation will cover the of the basics surrounding the refrigerant issue: Alternatives, safety, performance and next steps.

Joint Commission Panel - Strategies to Minimize Defects with TJC's Updated Survey Process

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Lorrie Elizarraraz

Executive Director of Facilities Management, University Health System

Lorrie has over twenty years of safety experience with eighteen of the years’ in the healthcare physical environment. She is currently working at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas as the Executive Director of Facilities Management, responsible for over 3 million square feet of infrastructure and utility systems. Most recently, Lorrie served as the Senior Staff Consultant and Director of Education Services & Publications with Safety Management Services, Inc. for nearly ten years.

Mrs. Elizarraraz worked at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, developing a comprehensive Safety Department and Program. She also worked full-time at Harris Methodist H.E.B. Hospital and Cook Children’s Medical Center, both in Fort Worth, Texas. In her duties as a Director of Safety, Lorrie has wide experience in all seven areas of the Environment of Care®, with focus in the areas of Emergency Management, Fire Safety, and Safety management. As a facility Safety Officer, Lorrie has helped her organizations prepare for The Joint Commission® survey, as well as responsibilities related to regulatory compliance for OSHA, EPA, FDA and local authorities having jurisdiction.

Lorrie serves in the United States Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Traditional Reservist. With twenty-two years of military experience, Lorrie is currently serving as the First Sergeant for an Airlift Squadron.

Lorrie is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), holds the professional designations of Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professional (CHEP) and Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM).

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Jacob McCall

Director of Engineering, Memorial Hermann

Jacob is currently working at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land in Sugar Land, Texas as the Director of Engineering Services, responsible for the 400,000 square feet 149 bed hospital. Prior to this role, Jacob was the Operations Manager at Memorial Hermann South West. With Jacob’s role at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, he is the “Safety Officer” as well as the “EOC chair”. Jacob has a B.S. from Texas A&M in College Station Texas where he studied Leadership, Systems Management, and Geoinformatics. Jacob is a member of American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), as well as Texas Association of Facility Managers (TAHFM) where he currently holds a Regional Director role.


Terry Scott

Director of Engineering Services, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

Bio Coming Soon.

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Yeqiao Zhu, PhD, PE, MBA, SASHE

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Zhu has intensive professional experience in healthcare facility management, engineering management, capital project support, healthcare facility compliance and accreditation. Also, he has strong experience in energy management, building commissioning, environment of care, and utility management. He works for MD Anderson Cancer Center patient care facility main campus and responsible for the facility operations, maintenance, and TJC readiness. He holds PhD, PE, MBA and SASHE. In 2013, as one of the award recipients, they were awarded the Healthcare Facilities Management Excellence by ASHE.

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Melissa Kyle, CHFM, CHSP, CHEP

EC/LS Program Manager, Texas Health Resources

Melissa Kyle (CHFM, CHSP, CHEP) is an EC & LS Program Manager and part of the corporate Regulatory Operations Mock Survey Team for Texas Health Resources. Melissa has close to 10 years of experience within the industry. Melissa has previously served as an Engineering Director and Safety Officer for other health systems in the North Texas area. Melissa has been with Texas Health Resources for over 2 years. Melissa is Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified as well as active members of ASHE and TAHFM.


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Using Data Analytics to Develop a Comprehensive, Reliable Capital Infrastructure Program

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Gary Fitzjarrell, AIA, CHFM

VP Facilities Management, Texas Health Resources

Gary Fitzjarrell brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare planning, design, construction, and facilities management into his role as VP Facilities Management at Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served.

Gary holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Tulane University School of Architecture. He is a native of New Orleans, LA, and he and his wife, Lynda, have two grown children and one grandchild, and reside in Hurst, TX.

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Brent Rutherford, CEM, CHFM, CBCP

Program Manager, System Engineering, Texas Health Resources

Brent Rutherford is a Manager of System Engineering for Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas. Responsibilities include: Energy Management, MEP Consultation, Commissioning Management and Infrastructure Capital Programs. He has been involved in healthcare facilities management and construction for over 18 years. Brent holds 2 Bachelors of Science degrees in Environmental Science from Abilene Christian University and in Education from McMurry University.


Your patients and caregivers may not see it but having safe and reliable infrastructure support services is critical in the delivery of high-quality care. Sometimes it is just taken for granted but developing a comprehensive infrastructure program is key to ensure that these services are maintained to the highest levels and delivered timely and effectively. A key component in the development of the program is the use of data analytics to provide strong foundational information to demonstrate the need for the program and support the program objectives. This program will discuss the comprehensive approach of utilizing data analytics in the development of a Capital Infrastructure Program while actively engaging the audience to develop recommendations and solutions that everyone can take home with them.

A Methodical guide for Hospital Air Handler Replacement

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Alan Fritsche, LEED AP BD+C

Principal Owner, Garner Fritsche Engineering

Alan Fritsche has 40 years of experience in HVAC system design and installation. His tenure includes 10 years of hands on experience as a mechanical contractor and 30 years as a design professional. Alan is a Principal Owner of Garner Fritsche Engineering. His company has been in business for 12 years exclusively serving the healthcare industry.


Key concepts will be presented to assist the unfortunate soul in charge of accomplishing this thankless task. This guide will outline the process of AHU replacement and highlight items that should be considered when this important piece of infrastructure needs to be replaced.

Topics include:

  1. System analysis considerations.
  2. Minimizing down time (or Zero Down time).
  3. Temporary AHU’s and ducting strategies.
  4. Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) planning.
  5. Presentation to the C-Suite. Departmental buy-in.
  6. Implementation of the program.

The Wet Location Debate with Isolation Power – Design Implications, Shock Hazards, and the Panacea of Risk Assessments vs NFPA 99

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Mark Fratto, PE LEED AP, SASHE

Principal, Fratto Engineering

Mark S. Fratto has professional experience of over 35 years of experience in the design of mechanical and electrical systems for facilities ranging from industrial to acute healthcare for both the private and public sector. Hi experience includes new facilities and renovations requiring complex phasing solutions. He is a founding Principal of Fratto Engineering, Inc. providing mechanical and electrical design since 1997. Mark is responsible for Marketing, Business Development and Senior Engineering.


Review and discussion of NFPA 99 wet procedure locations and the impact on electrical systems and their design.

Demystifying Integrated Security Systems for the Healthcare Facility Manager

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Enrique Garmienda

Director fo Technology, DAC, Inc.

Enrique brings 20 years of experience delivering efficient solutions to the built environment. As the Director of Technology at DAC, Inc., Enrique is tasked with understanding multiple technologies and products sold by DAC, and present in the market. He is also responsible for training employees and maintaining the technical standards for these systems. Enrique has spent most of his career at DAC, joining the organization in 1998, starting of as a Lead Engineer for the BAS group. Through his career at DAC, he has taken on the role of Engineering Manager and Operations Manager for BAS and Security Departments while concurrently managing and building the IT infrastructure at DAC.

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Sean Goings

President, DAC, Inc.

Sean brings over 20 years of experience delivering efficient solutions to the built environment. As the President of DAC, Inc., Sean leads a dynamic, multi-disciplinary business delivering growth and performance objectives, developing talent and maintaining standards for quality. Sean has spent the majority of his career working for global solutions providers. Joining Schneider Electric in 2008, he was most recently responsible for multi-business leadership in healthcare segment, including accountability for US segment strategies and plans, business unit performance, marketing and marketing communications, strategic account management, business development and alignment with global customer solutions. Prior to Schneider Electric, Sean spent 12 years with Siemens serving in various technical, engineering, project management, and business development capacities. Sean is a Senior Designee of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (SASHE), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) by the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers. He currently serves as Director on both the Board of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Board of the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM), and is Past-President of the Houston Area Association of Hospital Engineering (HAAHE).


Like any technology, the systems that help you maintain a safe and secure environment in your healthcare facilities are rapidly advancing. Edge devices, open protocol communications, cloud applications and further integration of other building systems are taking the Security industry by storm. Security systems are often broken up in terms of responsibility, management and maintenance – access control may be managed by an internal police department, video may be managed by IT, locksets may be managed by the locksmith. But more and more, these systems are being integrated together to provide a more cohesive set of technologies to protect your patients, staff and visitors. Understanding these ensuing trends is critical to making informed business decisions to protect your facilities and their occupants. This presentation will educate the facility manager on what your integrated security systems mean for day-to-day operation, and what you can do to get ahead of the curve.

The learning objectives of this presentation are:

  1. Discuss what is new in Security product development as it applies to healthcare facilities, and how they help drive efficiencies in capital and operating costs.
  2. Learn what’s new in the world of access control, integrated locking hardware, video analytics, infant protection/patient wandering systems, intercoms, visitor management, etc.
  3. Discuss how space threat level assessment affects the design, operation and complexity level of your Security systems
  4. Understand the architecture of the modern-day security system and how integration to other building
  5. systems work, and more importantly, how they affect your productivity
  6. Understand what infrastructure in your building is IT-based and how to talk to your IT counterparts about the functions of those systems

Update on ASHRAE 170 – Air Changes/Temp/RH Allowances for Healthcare Occupancies; With and Without the Amendments

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Inti Gonzalez

Associate, Shah Smith & Associates

Inti Gonzalez graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked with Shah Smith & Associates, Inc. since 2009 and brings 10 years of MEP consulting engineering experience. The majority of his experience as a Professional Engineer has been in the healthcare sector and has worked on numerous renovation and new construction projects for both the private and public healthcare institutions around the state of Texas including Austin, Houston, Galveston and College Station. He was worked with various owners and architects to implement the latest set of requirements from the current codes and standards. He has worked with several code authorities on a personal level to understand the intent behind the various code requirements and to help provide some clarity in the confusion that is present in the recent healthcare codes and standards. During his time at SSA, Inti has worked on several project types across the various building sectors including research, higher education, science & technology, government and healthcare.


The session will review the history of ASHRAE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities and provide an update on the latest version. There are multiple previous addenda from the previous version of ASHRAE 170 and this session will provide an update of their incorporation into the latest version of ASHRAE 170. The presentation will walk through each of the applicable sections of ASHRAE 170 that apply to Healthcare design and good practice. The session will conclude by providing an overview of the latest proposed addenda and their current status in the addenda process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the history of ASHRAE 170.
  2. Provide update on the addendum process and the previous addenda from ASHRAE 170-2013 that have been incorporated in the latest version of ASHRAE 170.
  3. Review the multiple sections within ASHRAE 170-2017 to discuss latest set of requirements.
  4. Review latest proposed addenda to ASHRAE 170-2017.

What's Really Happening in the Healthcare Industry - and How do we get Paid for Service in the Future?

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Bert Gumeringer, MBA, MSIT, FASHE, CHFM

Vice President Facilities Operations, Texas Children's Hospital

Bert M. Gumeringer, MBA, MSIT, FASHE, CHFM is the Vice President for Facilities Engineering & Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital located in Houston, Texas. In this capacity Mr. Gumeringer is responsible for Facilities Engineering, Environmental Services, Security Services, Supply Chain, Patient Escort, Parking and Valet Parking Services. Mr. Gumeringer has over thirty years of healthcare related experience with his last fifteen years at Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Gumeringer has also served as a Life Safety Code Consultant for Joint Commission Resources and is currently a member of the ASHE Faculty. Prior to joining Texas Children’s Hospital, Mr. Gumeringer served as the Regional Director of Operations-Western United States for Fluor Corp. and as the Director of Facilities Management at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center located in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Gumeringer is the Past President of the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management and a current member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Rise School of Houston.

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Michael Hatton, FASHE, MBA, CHFM

Vice President Facilities Engineering, Memorial Hermann Health System

Michael Hatton, Vice President, manages facilities, support services, engineering and construction start-up activities from a corporate level for Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Mr. Hatton has been in the facilities management sector since 1986 with extensive experience in high-rise building management, medical office buildings, and hospitals. He holds ASHE’s FASHE and CHFM designations, has authored numerous technical papers and presentations related to emergency management, energy, and engineering operations, and received an MBA from University of Houston. In addition to operational duties, Mike has been a key team member in the successful delivery of over $1.5 billion of healthcare facility construction plus the current project list that totals over $2 billion in new expansion initiatives. In the previous 24 months, Mike has managed and started up 5 major hospital expansions and Greenfield projects in the Houston suburbs. Under his leadership, Memorial Hermann has driven over $120 million to the bottom line as a direct result of energy benchmarking and building tuning efforts both internally and via EPA’s Energy Star program. Memorial Hermann has been recognized with ASHE’s E2C Award on many occasions and has been an ‘Energy Star Partner of the Year’ in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Memorial Hermann currently has 10 Energy Star labeled (EPA) hospitals; 2 of which are currently ranked at an Energy Star 100 rating.

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Patrick Murray

President/CEO, Peterson Health

Pat Murray has served as President/CEO of Peterson Health since 1999. Peterson is one of a very few independent, private, non-profit health systems in the State of Texas. During his tenure, Peterson has acquired a new 50 acre campus, planned, financed, developed and occupied 4 new facilities on this campus, including an ambulatory care center, medical center, professional office building and most recently, a Home Care and Hospice building. In recent years the organization has been recognized as a top performer in Patient Experience, Employee Engagement, Quality and Financial Performance. In 2017 the National Rural Health Association named Peterson as a "Top 20 Rural Community Hospital" in the United States. Murray is a past member of the THA Board of Trustees, the HOSPAC board and is completing service on the TORCH Management Services Board of Trustees. Prior to his work in Kerrville, Murray served in various health care executive positions in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama. Thankfully married to his wife Liz for 44 years, Murray is a proud father of three married adult children and grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren.


Mergers, acquisitions, corporate consolidations, pharmaceutical costs, increased regulatory and financial pressure. Is this the new normal for healthcare? What do Facility Managers and hospital executives need to know to navigate this changing landscape. Please join three healthcare executives for an informative discussion as they tackle these issues and others facing our industry today. This session will enable you to: Describe the challenges that are impacting healthcare today and into the future. Discuss ways that you can prepare as an FM leader to meet these challenges.

Joint Commission Update

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William A. Johnson, MS, SASHE, CHFM, CHSP, CHEP

Life Safety Code Surveyor, The Joint Commission

William A. (“Bill”) Johnson is currently a Life Safety Code Surveyor for The Joint Commission. In this role, he surveys the standards in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manuals for Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospitals, and Hospitals.

Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Mr. Johnson was Director of Facilities at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and earlier held other director positions at Central Texas Medical Center and South Austin Hospital. He was also an adjunct professor at Texas State University.

Mr. Johnson has been awarded the Senior American Society for Healthcare Engineering (SASHE) and maintains certifications as a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) (Master Level), and Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) (Master Level).

Mr. Johnson is a Certified Yellow Belt. With this designation, he supports the Joint Commission’s activities associated with establishing and sustaining a Robust Process Improvement ® (RPI®) culture. As a Certified Yellow Belt, he is trained in the foundational concepts and tools of problemsolving, and makes improvements to better meet customer expectations and organization objectives. Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and his Master of Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Standard Changes over the year - The Joint Commission Update.

Working as One: Bridging and Minding Generational Gaps

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Amelie Karam

Millennial Speaker & Consultant

After studying at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Richmond University in London, and finishing her degree in Performance and Film Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Amelie Karam recognized that people in her Gen Y age group, known as “Millennials,” view the world differently than do previous generations. The great divide between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y piqued Amelie’s interest.

Amelie is passionate about bridging generational gaps. She speaks and consults both nationally and internationally about how organizations can better work together to attract and retain the Millennial generation to ultimately bridge generational gaps.

Through her Millennial perspective and rich research, along with her background in theatre, film, health, and wellness, Amelie brings an entertaining and informative voice to this important and highly sought-after topic of bridging generational gaps.


There is a “changing of the guard” in the workplace. Boomers are retiring at an accelerated rate and Generation X and Millennials filling the voids. This talk helps attendees clearly understand and think about how different generations respond in the workplace and how to use those generational differences to create more favorable work environments. The audience leaves this presentation with a broader understanding of all generations and how critical it is that different generations be respected for their unique contributions, as well as their differences.

Upgrading to IPTV Systems to enhance the Patient Experience

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G. Michael Lawshe

Chairman & CEO, Master Video Systems, Inc.

Mr. G. Michael Lawshe has served as the Chairman & CEO of Master Video Systems, Inc., (“MVSystems”) based in Dallas, Texas, since 2004. MVSystems, established in 1953, is a third-generation family business, and is a full-service low-voltage systems integration company specializing in Television, Sound & Video and Security systems with clients in Healthcare, Hospitality, Stadiums, Education and other commercial venues.

Mr. Lawshe served as vice-president of Master Video Systems, Inc. from 1984-1996 and was responsible for sales & marketing, administration and operations.

Mr. Lawshe is also a Managing Partner for Tejas Opportunity Group, a private equity firm, with offices in Dallas and Guadalajara. Mr. Lawshe has extensive background in investment banking, corporate finance and strategic financial advisory services. He is a registered Investment Banking Representative and holds a Series 79 and Series 63 securities license.

Mr. Lawshe is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Amberton University. He also served as a Congressional Intern for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. in 1981.

Mr. Lawshe retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 with a rank of Lt. Colonel, and served on Active Duty and in the Texas Army National Guard for over 24 years. He honorably served in various military operations in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.


The need for a TV Display in a patient room is no longer for just watching cable television networks. The technology transition from Analog to Digital and now to an IP technology, allows the TV Display to be a fully dependable and affordable interactive device, used for providing Information, Education, Entertainment and Marketing content to the Patient.

TV Systems are incrementally being phased-in and integrated with other IT type systems and facility managers are now sharing these responsibilities with the hospital IT System Department.

TV Systems are now being integrated with mobile devices and the concept of BYOD “Bring your own Device” to the hospital has become commonplace to the patient.

Learn how to bridge this new technology in your own hospital and how it will provide the patient with a better Patient Experience.

Journey to Energy Star 100 – Focus Areas and Techniques that Facilitated One Hospital’s Achievement of this Energy Efficiency Milestone

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Jacob McCall

Director of Engineering Services, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land

Jacob is currently working at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land in Sugar Land, Texas as the Director of Engineering Services, responsible for the 400,000 square feet 149 bed hospital. Prior to this role, Jacob was the Operations Manager at Memorial Hermann South West. With Jacob’s role at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, he is the “Safety Officer” as well as the “EOC chair”. Jacob has a B.S. from Texas A&M in College Station Texas where he studied Leadership, Systems Management, and Geoinformatics. Jacob is a member of American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), as well as Texas Association of Facility Managers (TAHFM) where he currently holds a Regional Director role.

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Larry Newlands

Director of Energy Management, Memorial Hermann Health System

Larry joined Memorial Hermann in 2007 as the Director of Energy Management for Memorial Hermann Health System; Larry Newlands is responsible for Energy management and benchmarking of Memorial Hermann’s 7 million square feet hospital and office building portfolio. Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit hospital system in the Southeast Texas region and has 14 major campus locations in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Prior to joining the Memorial Hermann team, Larry worked for over 20 years for the world class real estate management firm, Hines. Larry holds a CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and CEP (Certified Energy Procurement Professional) certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers, He is an active member of both the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM), Chair of the TAHFM Energy Roundup.


This presentation will feature information from two Facility Directors who are currently operating Energy Star 100 hospitals! A short summary will be given displaying the benefits of being efficient, showing real data and numbers. We will also discuss how these scores were achieved, provide tips, best practices, and learning opportunities we have experienced, including a "top ten" list of low hanging fruit that can be achieved with minimal (if any) financial investment.

USP 797/800 Pharmacies: Architectural and MEP Strategies to Assure Compliance

Aric Murray, PE, LEED AP

Principal, SSR

Aric Murray is a Principal, Mechanical Engineer, and Client Relationship Manager with Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc. located in their Houston office. Aric manages large healthcare projects for clients in and around the Houston area and has more than 21 years of experience in the industry. Aric’s expertise in a multitude of mechanical and plumbing systems is a vast resource for his associates and clients. He is known for creative solutions to engineering challenges, and routinely applies new and innovative technology in his design with an eye toward sustainability. He is a member of ASHRAE, TAHFM, and HAAHE, the Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineering where he served in past roles as Treasurer and President.

Annabella Koloskov, AIA, LEED AP BD C

Senior Medical Planner, EYP

Annabella’s early interest in healthcare was influenced by her father who was a physician and her pre-med work as a research assistant. An unpleasant personal experience within a hospital sparked her to change course. Recognizing the facility’s design made little sense to patients and was worsening their experience, she decided to become an architect specializing in the complexities of healthcare planning.

Twenty years later, Annabella practices an open-minded approach listening, engaging, collaborating and leading our clients into the future of healthcare delivery. With the added value of her personal experience, she facilitates discussions to advance a strategic plan, establish guiding principles, and build consensus among all stakeholders. She helps clients consider all the options to maximize their space in ways they might not have, based on LEAN methodologies and what evidence tells us.

Annabella is especially enthusiastic about diagnostic and treatment areas including oncology spaces. Working with doctors, clinicians, staff, patient and family advisory groups from pre-design through design development, she aligns spaces to represent what is important to everyone while accommodating the rapidly changing requirements of the industry.

Richard Mapes

Senior Project Manager, Strategic Partners, Inc.

Richard Mapes has 37 years of experience in the design and construction industry and a background rooted in construction and program management. His responsibilities have included overall project management of multiple projects on multiple campuses, preparation and monitoring the overall project budgets and schedules, preparation of RFQ/P’s for Consultant services, negotiation of contracts and proposals, preparation of contract agreements, and coordination between the Campus Administration, the Architect and their Consultants.


Session will cover the basic Architectural and MEP requirements for hospital pharmacy clean rooms and explain how to work within the parameters of USP 797/800 compounding pharmacy standards to achieve the best outcome for day one compliance. Best practices to navigate the current standards, different alternatives to meeting the standard, and associated pros and cons of each will be discussed. Presenters will delve into the upcoming USP 800 requirements for hazardous drug storage to help hospital pharmacies prepare for this new standard anticipated to become official December 1, 2019.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding of the Architectural requirements for hospital pharmacy clean rooms and key nuances to be aware of.
  2. Understanding of the MEP requirements for hospital pharmacy clean rooms and different methods used to achieve compliance.
  3. Understanding of the USP 800 requirements coming into effect and how to prepare your facility for compliance.

Potable Water in Healthcare Settings: A frequently overlooked source of HAIs

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Eric Myers

Senior Technical Consultant, Institutional Water Safety Services (EcoLab)

Eric Myers is a Senior Technical Consultant with Institutional Water Safety Services, an independent business group of Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company. Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments.

Eric is a subject matter expert in the field of water safety. Eric has global responsibilities for the development of new technologies and risk reduction strategies specifically for the control and risk management of waterborne pathogens in building water systems. Eric also provides training, teaches at seminars and is a voting member of the ASHRAE standards committee SSPC 188.

Eric has over 25 years of industry experience. Before coming to Nalco, Eric served as a Staff Microbiologist for Abbott Laboratories where he developed new microbiological methods for products, environmental sampling and validation programs. He also served as Project Manager for Silliker Laboratories (A Mérieux NutriSciences Company), the world’s largest private contract laboratory serving the food industry, where he managed food pathogen and shelf-life studies. Eric also served as an instructor of laboratory methods for detection of foodborne pathogens.

Eric earned a master’s degree in Food Science and Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition with an emphasis in Food Microbiology from The Ohio State University.


Potable water used in healthcare is increasingly recognized as a source and vector of infection by opportunist pathogens including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, Legionella pneumophila and others. Learning objectives include;

  1. Review the origins and types of microorganisms present in fresh potable water;
  2. How building water systems become sources and vectors of infection for HAIs; and
  3. Review strategies to reduce infection risk within the context of a water management plan as recommended by CMS QSO-17-30 and ASHRAE Std 188.

TAHFM Texas Energy Star Awards

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Larry Newlands

Director of Energy Management, Memorial Hermann Health System

Larry joined Memorial Hermann in 2007 as the Director of Energy Management for Memorial Hermann Health System; Larry Newlands is responsible for Energy management and benchmarking of Memorial Hermann’s 7 million square feet hospital and office building portfolio. Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit hospital system in the Southeast Texas region and has 14 major campus locations in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Prior to joining the Memorial Hermann team, Larry worked for over 20 years for the world class real estate management firm, Hines. Larry holds a CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and CEP (Certified Energy Procurement Professional) certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers, He is an active member of both the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM), Chair of the TAHFM Energy Roundup.

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Michael Hatton, FASHE, MBA, CHFM

Vice President Facilities Engineering, Memorial Hermann Health System

Michael Hatton, Vice President, manages facilities, support services, engineering and construction start-up activities from a corporate level for Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Mr. Hatton has been in the facilities management sector since 1986 with extensive experience in high-rise building management, medical office buildings, and hospitals. He holds ASHE’s FASHE and CHFM designations, has authored numerous technical papers and presentations related to emergency management, energy, and engineering operations, and received an MBA from University of Houston. In addition to operational duties, Mike has been a key team member in the successful delivery of over $1.5 billion of healthcare facility construction plus the current project list that totals over $2 billion in new expansion initiatives. In the previous 24 months, Mike has managed and started up 5 major hospital expansions and Greenfield projects in the Houston suburbs. Under his leadership, Memorial Hermann has driven over $120 million to the bottom line as a direct result of energy benchmarking and building tuning efforts both internally and via EPA’s Energy Star program. Memorial Hermann has been recognized with ASHE’s E2C Award on many occasions and has been an ‘Energy Star Partner of the Year’ in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Memorial Hermann currently has 10 Energy Star labeled (EPA) hospitals; 2 of which are currently ranked at an Energy Star 100 rating.


Clark A. Reed

National Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings

Clark's bio is coming soon.


It’s time to show your best hand! Energy Roundup participants have been receiving cards all year long and the best hand wins the TAHFM Hold Em competition! Join TAHFM as we recognize the top performing facilities in Texas as part of the TAHFM Energy Roundup. Some of our hospitals have also received national recognition as Energy Star facilities and will be announced during this session. If you aren’t participating in the Energy Roundup, 2019 is your year!

The Sky Below

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Scott Parazynski

Former NASA Astronaut and Everest Summiter

Dr. Scott Parazynski has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school and high school years in places such as Dakar, Senegal; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; and Athens, Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski has numerous publications in the field of space physiology with particular expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.

In 1992 he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle Missions and conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs). In his 17 years as an Astronaut, he served in numerous senior leadership roles, including EVA Branch Chief and the Lead Astronaut for Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Inspection & Repair (in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy). Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping mission on STS-66; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn’s crewmate and “personal physician” during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built space station arm during STS-100. read more...

Fire Protection Documentation and Trends

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Kyle Phipps

Central Texas General Manager, Koetter Fire Protection

I’ve worked in the fire protection industry since I got out of the Navy in 2006. The majority of that was working in highly regulated facilities with a heavy emphasis on healthcare and hospitals. During my tenure in the industry, I’ve worked alongside and assisted with teams that developed documentation for fire inspection reports that were specific to joint commission requirements. In addition, I have been managing teams that service the fire protection systems at hospitals. Over the last several years, I have worked closely with facility directors in the documentation process while assisting them in survey preparation.


The basis of the presentation is fire protection documentation requirements with trends to joint commission requirements and surveys. We will go over the EP requirements along with changes in the last couple of years that are specific to the EC.02.03.05 section. This presentation is not intended to go over each EP in detail but to go over them briefly while touching on survey trends and requirements. The Q and A section of this presentation should be more of an experience sharing so that it adds to knowledge base overall.

Addressing the Entry at Healthcare Facilities

JC Powell

National Sales Manager, Boon Edam

JC Powell started with Boon Edam in 2011 as a Territory Sales Manager for the Southwest Region and was promoted to National Sales Manager South and West in 2016. JC has a background in Construction and Security Sales spanning 17 years, previously working with Greystar as Superintendent and more recently with EJ Brooks as Regional Sales Manager. Today, JC coaches and mentors 7 Business Development Managers covering 30 states and Mexico. He resides in Dallas with his wife and 4 children.


This presentation explores a variety of security entrance solutions and will teach: (1) why and when to use entrance types; (2) how to select the proper barrier product for various applications; (3) the safety features of security barriers; (4) the seamless integration to new or existing access control systems; (5) code compliance, including emergency egress and ADA accessibility; (6) key security technologies, such as anti-tailgating and anti-passback.

ASHE Update

Antonio Suarez, ASHE Region 7 Director

Director of Facilities Services, Midland Memorial Hospital

Tony’s experience comes from a thirty-six (36) plus year’s career as a healthcare facilities management professional in leadership roles in the for-profit and non-profit healthcare systems. Committed to the advancement of the healthcare facilities management profession, Tony serves on the ASHE’s Board representing Region 7 and is currently serving on the ASHE Steering Committee as the liaison to the Sustainability Committee. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Sustainability Committee, and also served as the Vice Chair of the ASHE Chapter Relations Advisory Committee. Tony is designated a Fellow in the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (FASHE), is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), and is also a graduate of the ASHE Leadership Institute. Prior to serving on the ASHE Board, Tony served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) presiding as TAHFM’s President from 2011 to 2013. In 2013. TAHFM honored Tony by presenting him their “Bob Paul Award”, their highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the healthcare facilities management profession and in 2016, he was once again honored by receiving TAHFM’s 2016 Distinguish Executive Award.

Desiring to coach and mentor the next generation, Tony have been a frequent guest speaker at Texas A&M University presenting and lecturing on the healthcare facility management profession.

In his personal life, Tony has been married for thirty-three years to his wife Ro, his best friend and constant supporter. Together, they are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter and are also the grandparents to three beautiful granddaughters.


ASHE Update on Strategic Imperatives and Regulatory Affairs.

Hands on Highlight - TMC Underground Pipeline Lateral Extension Project

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Steve Swinson, PE

President and CEO, Thermal Energy Corporation, TMC

Steve Swinson is the President and CEO for Thermal Energy Corporation. TECO is the largest district energy chilled water system in North America. He has overall responsibility for the company’s management and strategic direction. Steve has over 35 years of experience in the district energy and associated construction industry.

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Jess Harper

Senior Project, Thermal Energy Corporation, TMC Manager

Jess Harper is the Supervising Senior Project Engineer for Thermal Energy Corporation. He and his team oversee the design and construction of utility infrastructure improvements and expansion in the TECO distribution system. Jess’s 20 years of engineering experience includes energy conservation, central plant and HVAC design, and distribution pipeline design and construction.


Thermal Energy Corporation serves thermal utilities to 16 customers and 48 buildings in the Texas Medical Center. TMC is the largest medical center in the world with over 10,000 hospital beds and $2.5 Billion of annually funded medical research. As the TMC campus changes and new buildings are developed, the TECO distribution system must change and grow to serve these new buildings. But on a campus larger and busier than many city downtown centers, the challenges of installing new thermal distribution utilities under the streets and common areas to meet the heating and cooling demands are numerous. The distribution system expansion to serve the new Memorial Hermann Hospital site highlights many of the obstacles encountered and techniques used to install underground utilities in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.

Pumping Systems, Flow Control and Technology - an Update on Physics, Reliability, and Energy Efficiency for the Modern Hydronic System

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Mike Zacharias

President,Cougar USA

Mike Zacharias is President and Co-Founder of Cougar USA in Houston, Texas. Cougar USA is a leader in water control systems in the commercial and institutional markets. Cougar USA is made up of two companies; Cougar Sales, a manufacturer’s rep firm, and Cougar Systems, a UL 508A Industrial Control Panel shop and systems fabrication company. Mike has been in the Houston Mechanical and Plumbing market since 1976. He is known in the industry for his technical expertise in pumping systems and controls as well as his extensive experience with steam systems. Mike is a proud graduate of the UH Bauer School of Business with a BA in Business Administration.


This presentation will provide some valuable insight into the benefits of modern packaged pumping systems. Learners will understand the benefits of packaged systems over site-built systems in terms of ease of installation, commissioning and integration into the Building Management System. Students will also be introduced to modern pump control strategies and the latest breakthroughs in pumping efficiency.

Industry and Technology Update on Lighting Systems, Lighting Control and Branding - Technology, Technique, Energy Implication

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Joe Routhier, PE, LEED AP

Senior Associate, Shah Smith & Associates, Inc.

Joe has been with Shah Smith & Associates, Inc. for 16 years and brings 18 years’ experience in the MEP consulting industry. With a focus on electrical design and construction, his projects cross the higher education spectrum from research and classroom to administrative spaces for virtually every university system in the State of Texas. Beginning in 2010 this focus has shifted to the design of power distribution and lighting systems for healthcare facilities for healthcare systems across the Greater Houston and Galveston region.


This presentation will explore the history, current status, and future of lighting technology as it relates to the healthcare environment, and how the economics drive the application of these technologies. As lighting control requirements from current energy codes and standards continue to evolve, systems of increasing scope and complexity are required to achieve a result pleasing to end users, facilities managers, and compliance agencies. The presentation will conclude with a conversation of what trend setters are doing through task lighting, specialty applications, and branding.

Learning Objectives

  1. The audience will be presented with the latest technology and control strategies related to the fast-changing field of lighting and its application to Healthcare and the commercial building market.
  2. The speaker will update attendees with current wattage and cost savings opportunities with LED lighting versus traditional lighting systems and explain both the first cost, distribution system, and long-term utility consumption implications to a campus.
  3. Attendees will see various examples of automated control technology from both the room level, daylight and motion control features; related to both the patient environment and campus lighting control strategies.
  4. The audience will gain a better understanding of various opportunities and ideas for ‘branding’ your building or organization via lighting systems.

Reducing Energy 10% to 40% Utilizing Existing Building Commissioning and No Capital Investment

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Billy Schlageter, PE, EMP, CEM, CEA

CxA, SSR, Inc.

Billy is a licensed mechanical engineer, energy management professional, and a certified commissioning agent with over 30 years of experience with all types of capital projects. He has been the Commissioning Agent for over 50 buildings, and is co-author of the Energy Management Professional certification program, by ACG. In addition to commissioning, Billy has project management and design experience with major capital projects from the conceptual, thru the schematic, CD, construction and start-up phases. His areas of expertise include biotech/pharmaceutical, hospitals, educational, industrial, retail and corporate facilities. He lives in Kemah, TX, and is the Principal-in-Charge of Commission Services for the Houston Area for SSRCx. Smith Seckman Reid a 350 person MEP firm with12 offices around the country.

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Victor Saeh

Principal, SSR, Inc.

Victor Saeh is a Principal for Existing Buildings Commissioning Services with Smith Seckman Reid (SSR). He is primarily responsible for maintaining client relationships, directing the operations of all existing buildings commissioning lines of services including the Continuous Commissioning (CC) and Retro Commissioning programs. This includes activities related to the assessment of potential sites, implementation of all customer-agreed energy measures, system optimization, customer support and training, as well as continual monitoring of systems during the implementation process to ensure optimum performance. As a controls expert, Victor reviews sequence of operations, control drawings and computer programming for HVAC systems with a special focus on code efficiency, simplicity and manageability. Victor has years of experience developing programs for various systems and has led a variety of project teams in developing and directing functional tests on systems. He also assists the design and construction teams in troubleshooting HVAC controls and integration related problems. Victor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and has over 22 years of professional work experience. He has been involved in projects in the United States, South America, and the Middle East. His previous positions include companies like Siemens Building Technologies where he gained extensive experience on controls system design and programming. He has also worked as a technology consultant for ASIC designs. Victor is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA), and holds a LEED AP BD+C certification.


Many organizations are focusing on energy reduction today and are engaging the services of Professional Engineering firms to assist in the achievement of some level of energy reduction in their facilities that is sustainable. Various approaches ranging from an ASHRAE Level I or Level II Energy Audit to some form of Existing Building Commissioning can accomplish this goal albeit some accomplish the goal better than others. This presentation will discuss a particular approach of existing building commissioning, tools utilized and necessary for an effective projection of energy savings, measurement and verification and the importance of implementing the proper program for sustaining the savings over time.

Learning Objectives

  1. 1. There are distinct differences and benefits between Energy Audits and Existing Building Commissioning.
  2. 2. Capital intensive measures are not a prerequisite to reducing energy in and aging, existing facility.
  3. 3. The importance of identifying the operational improvements that can be achieved by making strategic changes to the Sequences of Operation at the Building Automation level.
  4. 4. How to measure and verify savings in a holistic manner.


Keeping Doc’s Cool, Dry and Happy in the OR… Can I do it With What I’ve Got?

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National Strategic Account Manager-Healthcare, Carrier Corporation

David Schurk is National Strategic Account Manager-Healthcare for Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. David is based out of Houston, Texas. He is a Licensed Designer of Engineering Systems and has over 35-years of experience in the design and analysis of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems for a variety of market sectors, with a special focus on healthcare facilities.


Many times, healthcare facility professionals have “inherited” older HVAC systems which were installed in their hospital at the time of its original construction. These systems may be incapable of delivering the critical level of environmental control necessary in today’s ever demanding patient-care model. This technical session will give these professionals a fundamental understanding of the basic principles that must be considered in order to properly control their hospitals Operating Room. It will establish how temperature and humidity interact to create a satisfying and productive healthcare environment and provide information to assist the healthcare facility professional in analyzing a hospital OR when troubleshooting the space due to problems. Various HVAC retrofit scenarios to remedy ailing OR’s will also be discussed.

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