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Ranbir Ahdan

Ranbir Ahdan photoAssociate General Counsel - Real Estate • Memorial Hermann Health System

Ranbir Ahdan is Associate General Counsel - Real Estate with Memorial Hermann Health System. He is responsible for providing legal support to the Real Estate Department and the Construction and Facilities Department at Memorial Hermann Health System. Ranbir has over 15 years of experience representing healthcare companies in real estate and construction law matters. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann Health System, he held a similar position at a large regional healthcare system headquartered in Northern California and was an attorney in private practice. Ranbir is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and in History and he received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.



Beau Harrison

Beau Harrison photoAssistant Vice President - Enterprise Risk Management • Memorial Hermann Health System

Over twenty five years’ experience in corporate insurance, risk management, and financial analytics. Over fifteen years’ experience in large healthcare systems. Duties include managing commercial insurance, captive insurance companies, vendor management, liability and asset claims, provider professional liability programs and all aspects of contractual risk mitigation and transfer activities. Prior brokerage responsibilities included overall client relationship management, coverage program analysis, underwriter negotiation, and new client development. Clients included legal, energy, healthcare, marine, construction, banking, manufacturing, and chemical.


Risk & Legal Management Primer for Facility & Construction Managers

In this 1 hour session, the attendee will receive a high-level overview on key contractual items and regulatory challenges; all while reviewing the important features and terminology of the industry standard ‘Certificate of Insurance’ as related to construction, renovations, and professional services that a healthcare Facility Manager often contracts for at their facility.   Topics will be presented from both a legal and risk management perspective via industry professionals who practice in the healthcare environment every day.

Learning Objectives:
(1)    Understand why a Facility Manager or owner may not want to sign off on a standard vendor proposal’s contractual ‘fine print’ and understand some of the more important legal and risk issues that are located within the various exhibits you often see on a vendor’s proposal; and implications to the parties when accidents happen, or professional defects are discovered.
(2)    Gain a working knowledge of the various components of the standard Certificate of Insurance and some of the key issues that should trigger various levels of insurance and policy limits for your projects or professional engagements.
(3)    Gain an understanding of some of the common risk/legal phases associated with contracts and risk items such as ‘waiver of subrogation,’ professional liability triggers, defects/warranty; all of which as related to projects and activities common in the healthcare facilities and construction environment.

Mike Ashworth

Regional Services Manager • Schneider Electric

As a Regional Service Manager for Buildings Field Services at Schneider Electric, Mike manages branch Service operations and business development activities for Schneider Electric for the West & South regions. Mike is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring all aspects of Service functions within the Schneider Electric Branch structure as well as implementing, developing Connected Services offerings to the Partner’s in these regions. Mike brings twenty-one years of experience in Service & Service Management. He joined Schneider Electric in 2012 as the Service Manager of the Las Vegas branch. Shortly after Mike was promoted to the Regional Service manager of the Western region, he was responsible for managing sales and operations of $6 million in BAS and Security. Prior to Schneider Electric, Mike was employed in various Service Management roles with multiple Las Vegas based companies. These include Data Processing Air Corp, South West Air, RLT Corporation and the United States Air Force.


Diamond Level Sponsor Presentation

Building Analytics - How Automated HVAC Diagnostics can Save Time, Money & Energy

Research shows that 80% of facility managers and building owners only use 20% of their building management system (BMS) capabilities. That means there are a lot of opportunities to achieve additional efficiency and savings: in energy, money and time. But building owners and managers don’t need more data – what they need is actionable information. Cloud-based advanced analytics leverage valuable building data to identify faults and patterns of inefficiency that result in recommendations to improve performance and return on investment. This presentation will cover:

  • Issues building owners and facility managers face today: why the time is right for continuous monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx).
  • Building confidence: applying big data analytics to existing building management systems to maximize energy efficiency and minimize operational costs.
  • How some organizations have acted on automated diagnostics to prioritize maintenance resources and save energy by finding inefficiencies that would have otherwise gone unnoticed?

Bob Bartels

Robert Bartels photoPresident & Director • Technical Services

Mr. Bartels is the president and founder of Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS, Inc). During his 30+ year career, Mr. Bartels has managed safety programs in three major teaching hospitals in the Midwest and been a consultant on The Joint Commission®’s Physical Environment (i. e., Environment of Care®, Life Safety, Emergency Management) standards to hundreds of facilities. Mr. Bartels has served as a consultant and faculty member to The Joint Commission as well as teaching numerous national and regionally-based programs over the years for the AHA and the National Safety Council. He has also served on the NFPA® Life Safety Code 101® Committee and published numerous articles related to facility, safety and The Joint Commission standards.

Mr. Bartels has personally prepared Statement of Conditions™ and completed Life Safety Code evaluations for hundreds of facilities over the past 30 years. In addition to direct consultation, Mr. Bartels teaches seminars nationally on the topics of Compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards, NFPA/Life Safety Code, Hospital Incident Command Systems, Patient Safety, Building Maintenance Programs, Emergency Management and preparation for The Joint Commission survey. Mr. Bartels personally attends and represents SMS, Inc.’s clients during their Joint Commission surveys every year, and is considered a nationally-recognized authority on healthcare regulatory issues. In addition to consulting with The Joint Commission’s healthcare standards, Mr. Bartels is a DNV-Trained Healthcare Surveyor and a trained ISO Lead Auditor.


Changing Regulatory Environment - Tips to Ensure a Positive Survey Outcome

This program will review the impact of recent CMS and TJC code and standard changes that have had on 2017 surveys. This includes TJC scoring changes, adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code 1010, and adoption of the 2012 NFPA 99.


Rod Brace, PhD

Rod Brace photoChief Learning Officer • Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Rod serves as the Chief Learning Officer for the 30,000 employees, leaders and physicians of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas. Prior to this role, Rod served 30 years in operational positions ranging from Regional President, hospital CEO and COO. While in operations, Rod had oversight of hospitals, post acute facilities, physician groups, ambulatory services and service lines.

Rod joined Memorial Hermann in 1999 after spending 15 years with “for-profit” healthcare companies. Rod holds an MBA and PhD in Management with a research emphasis in employee engagement, motivation and leadership.


Healthcare Reform - What's Next in Healthcare

The complexities and challenges of healthcare leadership continue to increase at never before seen rates. The uncertainty of future models, reimbursement systems and regulations create an opportunity for a new type of leader to emerge and thrive. In this presentation, Rod Brace answers the question of what must a healthcare leader be to thrive in an uncertain future?


Sharon Crabb

Senior Project Manager • Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Sharon Crabb is a senior multi-media environmental compliance manager for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. She has provided environmental consulting to a variety of industries, including healthcare. Waste management has been a major consulting focus. Her 10 years of experience in operations, at both the facility and corporate levels, provides a practical perspective on the challenges of managing environmental compliance.


Hazardous Waste Management Compliance for Texas Healthcare Facilities

State Environmental agencies have or are developing state regulations to implement federally-mandated changes to the following programs:

  • Management of hazardous and acutely hazardous pharmaceutical wastes
  • Hazardous waste generator standards
  • Hazardous waste recycling
  • Electronic manifests
To ensure compliance with these medical and hazardous waste regulatory requirements, healthcare facility management procedures and internal coordination processes should be implemented. These processes will help the facility maintain status as a small quantity generator at a lower level of regulation, recordkeeping, and cost. This presentation will provide an overview of these upcoming healthcare waste management compliance changes and guidance on how to manage them efficiently and cost-effectively.


Michael Crowley

Michael CrowleyVice President • Jensen Hughes

Mike Crowley holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Houston. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in 5 states. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Membership and activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 - Healthcare Occupancies and Means of Egress, and NFPA 99 – current Correlating Committee Chair, among others. He is a Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA. In addition, he is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Mike has authored numerous technical articles and made presentations at various conferences and symposiums. He is Vice President Development and healthcare practice leader for Jensen Hughes. Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers and building owners around the world. Jensen Hughes is an international engineering consulting firm “Advancing the Science of Safety”.


Life Safety Code Compliance - A year with the New Rules

CMS updated to the newer version of NFPA 101 in 2016. The surveyors have been trained in the 2012 edition. This presentation will summarize the issues being found. We will review the 60 day rule and the current status of the time limited waiver process. We will also discuss survey techniques to minimize compliance issues.

Dave Dagenais

Director of Plant Regulations • Wentworth-Douglass Health System

Dave Dagenais has been in healthcare for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Plant Operations and Security at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH and Past President of ASHE and the New England chapter of ASHE. Dave has earned his FASHE designation with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, and is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manger and a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional. He has helped lead ASHE’s advocacy work and has been involved with code development organizations to improve the codes and standards regulating hospitals for several decades.He also served as a police officer for 11 years and is a member of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety


Little Known Codes & Standards: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Matthew Fabre

Matthew FabreSenior Associate • O'Connell Robertson

Matthew Fabre, AIA is a Louisiana native who graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from LSU in 1987. He began his professional career in Boston, working on projects throughout the country. His concentration in healthcare design and construction began there, and this interest followed him in his move to Austin, Texas in 1993. For over 25 years he has practiced in the ever changing landscape of healthcare project delivery, which he believes is one of the most challenging and fulfilling specialty areas of design. Today he serves as the Healthcare Team Director for O’Connell Robertson, an architecture and engineering firm with an over sixty-five year history in the Texas healthcare design market.



Ted Davison

Ted DavisonPrincipal • O'Connell Robertson

Ted Davison, HFDP, LEED AP is a mechanical designer and principal with O’Connell Robertson. He has been with O’Connell Robertson for more than 17 years. During that time, he has contributed to the success of hundreds of projects, including numerous complex MEP renovations and upgrades to hospitals in the Seton Healthcare Family; the new Texas Center for Infectious Disease hospital in San Antonio; and a new Energy Center for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Waco.




Dale Droll

Dale Droll photoAdministrative Director of Engineering • Shannon Health System

Dale Droll, CHFM is the Administrative Director of Engineering at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. He began his career in 1986 managing projects for mechanical installations and HVAC control systems along with fire alarm systems. He joined Shannon Medical Center (a 409 bed hospital) in San Angelo Texas in 2001. Since then he has managed all of the construction for the hospital and clinic system. In addition to this roll, he also oversees all maintenance of the hospital and clinic properties and is in charge of the Biomedical department. He also serves on several standing hospital committees including Capital Equipment, Infection Control, and Safety.


What Everyone Ought To Know About Major Hospital Expansion Project Challenges

Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas, is the main 295 bed, flagship hospital facility of Shannon Health System. O’Connell Robertson, a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm, has been working with Shannon Health System for over 20 years to help plan and grow their facilities. The Hospital Expansion project is the largest single capital investment in new construction since the original building was built in the mid-1970’s, and will add 70,000 square feet of new space and will renovated another 50,000 square feet of the existing building. The project will include upgrades to the Surgery and Emergency Departments, and add 30 Med/Surg beds, among others. Major Electrical and Mechanical Infrastructure upgrades include adding an Emergency Generator and providing a new air-cooled Chiller to boost campus chilled water capacity. This presentation will review the lessons learned in addressing evaluation of deficiencies in the existing facility, be they a lack of program space, regulatory deficiencies or MEP Infrastructure. We examine the critical role of an appropriate phasing plan that recognizes the operational realities of working in or adjacent to an existing hospital, and the influence on design decisions, regulatory approvals and construction sequencing. And review site specific constraints that provided additional challenges.

Dennis Ford

Dennis Ford photoDirector, Facilities Engineering • Texas Children's Hospital

Dennis Ford has served in Health Care Facilities Engineering for over 20 yrs. He is currently serving as the Director, Facilities Engineering at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, overseeing almost 6 Million sqft of healthcare buildings. Dennis received his degree in Civil Engineering through the Air Force ROTC program and started his career at Eglin AFB Regional Hospital. Before arriving at TCH in 2015, Dennis served as Program Director of Healthcare Facilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) in Galveston, which grew from 2 MIL SF to 4 MIL SF and from a two hospital system to a five hospital system as new hospitals and clinics were acquired, built and activated.


Creating a Program to Identify and Monitor Pressure Dependent Spaces

Pressure dependent spaces are necessary to support infection control. They reduce the risk of infection by directing the flow of air from clean to less clean. National and state standards specify ventilation requirements of pressure dependent spaces. Texas Children's Hospital created a pressure dependent spaces program that includes adoption of a national standard, a comprehensive master list of pressure dependent spaces, a plan to monitor these spaces, policies to manage repurposing of these spaces, and training of staff.

  • Recognize the requirements of several types of pressure dependent spaces based on a nationally recognized standard
  • Create an inventory of pressure dependent spaces based on the present utilization of space
  • Create a plan to monitor pressure dependent spaces with different types of monitoring devices and systems
  • Train staff about monitoring pressure dependent spaces and the requirements as specified in the standards

Moderator: Michael Hatton

Michael Hatton photoPresident • TAHFM







Ed Tinsley

Ed Tinsley photoP.E. • Bernhard Energy

Ed Tinsley is the CEO of Bernhard Energy and an Executive Managing Principal at Berhard TME. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Ed has more than 35 years of experience in facilities engineering both as a consultant and as a representative of the building owner for healthcare, higher education, governmental and commercial clients. During his career as a consulting engineer, he has managed the design of more than 300 construction projects with a total cost in excess of $5 billion.

Ed is a noted authority on chilled water systems, surgery HVAC systems, and other healthcare facility components. He has authored numerous articles and presentations, is a member of ASHE faculty, and is a former hospital facility manager. Ed has taught more than 150 classes on a variety of subjects including ventilation systems, high-performance MEP/FP systems, infection control and risk assessment, energy procurement, commissioning, sustainable design, and energy conservation. He has also authored numerous magazine articles and white papers, including many sections of “ASHE’s Health Facility Commissioning Guidelines and Handbook.”

Clark Reed

Clark Reed photoNational Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Buildings • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC-6202A)

Clark Reed serves as a National Program Manager for ENERGY STAR at the US Environmental Protection Agency where he works with commercial building partners to identify energy opportunities, promote energy efficiency best practices, and recognize top performing buildings. He managed EPA’s efforts to establish ENERGY STAR scores for hospitals, medical offices, senior living communities, and most recently hotels.

Mr. Reed has over twenty years of experience writing and speaking on energy issues for the EPA. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and his MA in Environmental Policy from Tufts University.


Larry Newlands

Director of Energy Management • Memorial Hermann


Energy Round Up & Awards

To summarize the 2016 TAHFM Energy Roundup results and present awards.

Rob Hicks

Rob Hicks photoVice President • WSP+ccrd

Rob is the Vice President for Fire Protection & Life Safety for the team at WSP+ccrd. He brings over 25 years of professional experience to the firm.

Rob’s experience covers a broad range of healthcare, commercial and industrial facilities. His professional experience includes inspection of numerous manufacturing facilities including garment and textile, electronics, automotive and other light manufacturing. This includes training and education of facility personnel in fire prevention activities including housekeeping practices, elimination of ignition sroources (for example electrical and hot work) and maintenance of fire protection equipment. Additionally, he has extensive experience in educating facilities on operational changes that require the fire protection and life safety features to be modified.

He has also been responsible for the development of hospital life safety surveys, egress analysis, life safety systems commissioning, equivalency studies, detection/alarm and suppression systems design and negotiations with public officials. He also has extensive background in warehouse fire protection for high-piled and hazardous materials storage.

Rob is actively involved in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), having served on the NFPA Records Storage committee, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) including serving as board member for the Houston SFPE Chapter.


Preoccupancy Compliance Milestones - Focusing your Commissioning Efforts

This session will highlight the process for preparing for a Texas Department of State Health Services final inspection.  We will review common mistakes and typical findings from the surveyors.  We will also discuss some of the dos and don’ts, as well as how the changes in the Life Safety Code and Health Care Facilities code will affect this process.

Roy Hirchak

Roy Hirchak photoCHFM • Defense Health Agency

Mr. Roy Hirchak has been with the Defense Health Agency since its inception 3+ years. Roy oversee the Operations and Maintenance of the Military Health System (MHS) over 3,000 facilities, 70MSF, $34B PRV across the globe. Roy's work include the standardization O&M across the military services, implementation of SMS BUILDER (facility condition software), Energy Conservation Programs, Real Property, programming and budgeting of over $1.1B for O&M across the MHS.


Future Year Capital Budget at the DHA

This session will cover future facilities funding model used by the Defense Health Agency to defend their annual budget to Congress, how they use the SMS BUILDER facility condition assessments are used across a large portfolio, the use on Return On Investment in future capital projects, and how other building metrics are incorporated in determining future projects. The session will cover both micro and macro approaches to future capital projects especially the use of ROI on repair or replacement projects.

Charlie Hume

ATS Product Manager • Eaton

Charlie Hume received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University in 1993. He is a Product Manager in Eaton’s CDPA organization located in Arden, NC. A veteran in the power systems industry, Hume has experience in transfer switch sales, applications engineering, and training, as well as working with single-phase and three-phase UPS systems. For queries, he can be reached at


Optimizing Safety and Reliability: Maintenance of the Modern Automatic Transfer Switch

A shocking number of Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) within the essential electrical system are not maintained properly or even at all. The modern ATS contains a number of features in regards to reliability, serviceability, safety and maintenance that critical facilities may not utilize or be aware of. It is important to remember that the transfer switch contains moving parts, which should be exercised occasionally under load to ensure functionality and reliability. This is especially important on critical loads where the ATS is required to interact with other devices and equipment to ensure that there is no loss of power. Facilities should not be concerned with the lifespan of an ATS as UL1008 requires rigorous endurance testing to ensure the reliability. At minimum it can perform 1,000 operations under full load, which is 83 years or more if you are testing it on a monthly basis.

Many features of the modern ATS, which could be very beneficial to a critical facility, are underutilized. Transfer switch controllers are becoming more and more innovative in their features and functionality. For instance, the flexibility to add field upgradeable options to meet changing needs or requirements has become more readily available. In addition, load-monitoring capabilities can allow you to monitor your essential electrical system and notice any changes or spikes in demand that can have an adverse effect on a facility. Troubleshooting via data that can be pulled from the controller can assist in maintaining and testing your essential electrical system.

Serviceability in conjunction with safety is a key area of concern for many health care facilities and transfer switches are being revamped to meet those requirements. Bypass Isolation Switches in particular are being modernized and developed to address those concerns. Features that allow you to maintain key mechanical and electrical components while your facility is still up and running are being introduced into the marketplace. Redundancy is being added to assist with maintenance concerns or worst case a malfunction or outage.

The presentation will help attendees understand ATS features and benefits leading to simplified maintenance and improved uptime, outline procedures and guidelines for the proper upkeep of ATS systems to maximize facility safety and uptime while extending equipment life.

Pouyan Layegh

Director, Campus Services • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Pouyan Layegh, P.E., LEED AP has 20 years of experience in construction, operation and maintenance management, and consulting engineering for educational, healthcare, research, commercial and industrial facilities. Registered professional engineer in the states of Texas and California. Proficient in process improvement and change management. Experienced in construction management, master planning, condition assessment, financial forecasting, and capital budgeting. Expert in building systems’ operation, energy conservation, sustainable buildings and green initiatives. Active member of ASHE, TAHFM, USGBC-Gulf Coast Chapter and HAAHE board.

Javier Hidalgo

Electrical Systems Manager • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

27 years of facilities management experience, 17 of which have been in senior management positions. Currently manage the EPSS, Vertical Movement, Radios, Outage Coordination and Work Control teams. Prior to joining MD Anderson, 21 years in various roles at the University of Houston, including Interim Executive Director for University Residential Life and Housing, Auxiliary Director and Operations Associate Director managing all aspects of facilities.


EC.02.5.07 Standard & NFPA 110 (EPSS) Documentation Best Practice

UT MD Anderson Facility management best practice for NFPA 110(Emergency Power Supply Systems) and The Joint Commission Standard EC.02.5.07: The Hospital inspect, test, and maintains emergency power systems.

With 61 standby generators, 200 automatic transfer switches, 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel in 18 tanks to support 15 million square feet in 40+ structures spread over 3 campuses, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, Texas needed one (1) comprehensive protocol for compliance, control and 100% reliability of their emergency power supply system (EPSS). 17 of these generators are supporting the patient-care buildings that are regulated by NFPA70E, 99,101, 110 and TJC Standard EC.02.5.07.

Contractors and staff were instructed to conduct a full system test after any service or repair of any EPSS component in order to conform to NFPA 110 standards and to ensure the service or repair was successful. Loading all generator sets beyond NFPA 110 minimum standards became mandatory. Careful attention was given to ensure the loading of the generators not only met the NFPA 110 minimum standards but also provided an exercise similar to a manufacturer’s acceptance test.

MDA best practice pertains to documentation of the testing that required by Standard EC.02.5.07 and NFPA110 (Monthly, Annual and tri-annual) for the EPSS systems including but not limited to: Emergency Generators, Automatic Transfers Switches, Battery backup lights, etc.

Sarel Lavy

Associate Professor • Texas A&M University

Dr. Lavy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, and serves as the Associate Department Head for his department. Dr. Lavy’s research interests are in the areas of facility management and construction management, mainly in the healthcare and education sectors, life cycle cost techniques, performance indicators, and facility management education. Dr. Lavy has taught undergraduate and graduate level classes in facility management and construction cost estimating. He authored and co-authored more than 80 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Lavy also serves as the co-editor for Facilities, which is a top international journal in the area of facility management, working with editorial team members from all around the world. Dr. Lavy earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion), and joined Texas A&M University in 2005.


Undergraduate Minor in Facility Management at Texas A&M University: A New Program!

The presentation will focus on the new Undergraduate Minor in Facility Management offered by the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. This presentation will also outline the program’s structure and general requirements, and will seek help from industry partners to join us and offer our students opportunities to learn about possible careers in the healthcare facility management industry

Shashank Singh

Candidate MS in Construction Management • Texas A&M University

Shashank Singh is a Graduate Student pursuing MS in Construction Management at the Texas A&M University, College Station. Along with his studies, he works as a Research Assistant at the Department of Construction Science. He has a keen interest in Facility Management and plans to graduate with a Certificate in Facility Management offered by the University. He has done his internship as a Facility Management Intern with Chartwells, a sister concern of the COMPASS Group - USA. Prior to this, he has worked as an Architectural Project Manager for Reflections Design Studio, India. He has an undergraduate degree in architecture and has worked extensively in the field of sustainable building design and low-cost construction.


Criteria for Floor Finish Selection in Healthcare Facilities: A Survey of Facility Managers

Objective: The objective of this research study was to analyze, identify and systematize the literature on selection criteria for flooring in healthcare facilities.

Background: Flooring materials have a considerable impact on the indoor environment of healthcare facilities. In recent years, certain flooring options have emerged as a popular choice in such facilities. However, there is limited literature, which comprehensively evaluates their application in such environments.

Methods: This research investigated literature on flooring systems currently used in healthcare facilities and the criteria applied for their selection. The study was conducted through search engines using relevant keywords. Peer-reviewed studies and articles published between 2000 and 2016 and consistent with the research design were included.

Results: Factors that make certain flooring systems a preferred choice in healthcare facilities were identified such as underfoot comfort, noise reduction and impact due to fall, resistance to flame and good aesthetical appearance.

Conclusions: Use of vinyl flooring systems in healthcare facilities is advantageous with respect to certain selection criteria. The scope of future research has been provided.

Commander Kirk Lippold

Kirk LippoldUSN (Ret.) • Author of Front Burner: The Attack on the USS Cole

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), author of Front Burner: The Attack on the USS Cole, knows what it takes to create the foundation for successful leadership that prepares teams to rise to any challenge they may face.

In 2000, when the USS Cole was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists in the port of Aden, Yemen, Lippold and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American warship from sinking in the face of one of the most brazen acts of terrorism prior to September 11, 2001.

Lippold shows how the difference between team success and failure lies in the instinctive principles that are ingrained through training and guide people to action. Based on the leadership standards he instilled in his crew leading up to that historic day, Lippold has developed the "Five Pillars of Leadership" that construct a framework for getting the most from your workforce: integrity, vision, personal responsibility and accountability, trust, and professional competence.

With this unique and invaluable experience, Commander Lippold has briefed over 6,000 military officers, 2,000 federal and state law enforcement officers, and given over 300 presentations on this seminal event in the war on terrorism.

Currently, he is president of Lippold Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in executive leadership development and long-range strategic planning and serves as Senior Vice President for military policy and strategic development at the public affairs firm Phillip Stutts & Co. A US Naval Academy graduate, Lippold has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal among others.


Leadership and Accountability When it Matters

Join us for a motivational and inspirational keynote session from Commander Kirk Lippold, as reveals how to lead teams to manage challenges and ensure success in a complex world where financial, security and global threats are of critical concern across industry sectors.

CDR Lippold was in command of the USS Cole when it was targeted by a deadly al Qaeda terrorist attack in 2000, 11 months before 9/11. His team training prior to the attack and unflappable leadership after galvanized his crew to action, resulting in lives and the ship being saved.

A compelling storyteller, CDR Lippold draws upon his Five Pillars of Leadership to offer strategies he learned and applied to instill integrity into his team members and mitigate crises throughout his naval career. With takeaways for organizations on assessing their own successes and failures to prepare for what the future may hold, his lessons learned can make the difference when it matters most.

John Maurer

John MaurerEngineer, Department of Engineering • The Joint Commission

John Maurer is currently an Engineer in the Department of Engineering at The Joint Commission. In this role, he provides support for the Environment of Care, Emergency Management, and Life Safety standards including interpretation of the standards, review of survey reports, Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, faculty for educational programs, and survey activity. He is also a member of the emergency management team providing relevant information to the healthcare community, and works closely with the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety.

Mr. Maurer came to The Joint Commission in 2007. He has over 20 years experience in facilities management across three hospitals in the Chicago area ranging from 87 to 250 beds (most recently while serving as a Life Safety Code Surveyor). In addition to normal facilities functions, Mr. Maurer was responsible for several construction projects, energy reduction and efficiency initiatives, property management, and safety programs.

Mr. Maurer is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), serving on three technical committees for NFPA 99. He was vice chair of the emergency management committee for the 2018 Facilities Guidelines Institute’s (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals. In addition, he is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) with Senior (SASHE) status serving on the ASHE Board of Directors for the 2016-17 term. He is also a member of the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI), serving on its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015 and as President for 2010 and 2011, providing education, development, and support for facility professionals.

Mr. Maurer received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.


Joint Commission Update

This presentation will include the latest information relative to the Joint Commission standards. Come here about the latest insights and changes affecting the physical environment.

Michael Mostardi - Moderator

Michael MostardiRegional Director, Healthcare • Advanced Technologies Group, Inc.

Mike has 15 years of healthcare experience and has been with Advanced Technologies Group, Inc. (ATG) since 2007. Mike is responsible for managing the facility information for over 150 healthcare facilities and 60 million square feet of space. As a result of his interaction with healthcare organizations across the country and his experience as a licensed mechanical engineer, Mike has a unique skill set that has assisted ATG in continuing to provide solutions to improving the planning, compliance, and management of healthcare campuses.
In his role Mike is manages the ATG platform in Arizona, Texas and Ohio. Mike is a consistent performer who develops new client relationships, establishes new services with existing clients, assists with marketing content, and is a visionary for new solution development.


Steve Fox, CHFM - Director of Facilities, Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital
Bert Gumeringer - Director of Facilities Operations, Texas Children's Hospital
Eric Herrera - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Henry G. Maniego, BSBA, SMA, CHSP - Director, Facilities Management, Houston Methodist West Hospital and St. Catherine Hospital
Terry Scott, MBA, CHFM, CHC, CHSP, SASHE - System Director, Engineering Services, Memorial Hermann Health System
Rick Scivally - Director of Engineering, Safety & Security, Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital



Avoiding the Pitfalls of Compliance Document Binders

Healthcare in general is a highly regulated industry, and that is no different when it comes to management of the entire physical environment. Noncompliance with a wide range of regulatory issues, including those described by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and other regulatory bodies can have long-lasting effects. One of the most common findings is documentation. Failing to maintain compliance documentation is serious' both your employment and your organization's accreditation are at risk! Facility, Safety and other departmental managers are required to maintain' and present' a wide range of compliance documentation. However, collecting and organizing information is a logistical challenge. Maintaining plans, inspection data, and analysis over a three-year period can be arduous and haphazard. Even if documentation is relatively up-to-date, searching through binders slows down a review, and may create the perception that you are not prepared.

Aric Murray

Aric MurrayPrincipal • Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

Aric Murray, PE, LEED AP is a Mechanical Engineer and Principal with Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc. located in their Houston office. His primary role is managing large healthcare projects for clients in and around the Houston area. Aric is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and has more than 18 years of experience in the industry. He is a member of ASHRAE and HAAHE, the Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineering where he served past roles as Treasurer and President.


TDSHS Ventilation Standards and Managing Pressure Relationships in Hospitals

Session will cover the air change and pressure relationship requirements for different spaces within a hospital and explain a few nuances within the requirements that may not be well known. Session will also look at ways to manage pressure relationships within hospitals including some practical examples for correcting existing pressure relationship problems.

Leo Old

Leo OldHealth & Safety Engineer • EnSafe

Leo has over 24 years of experience in working with healthcare facilities on issues related to occupational safety and health and regulatory compliance. Leo currently serves as a Health and Safety Engineering Consultant for EnSafe, a professional services company providing engineering, environmental, and health & safety services. Leo’s experience includes serving as General Safety Officer and Industrial Hygiene Officer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, TN, where he was responsible for fire safety, emergency preparedness, hazardous materials, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality. Leo also serves as a Faculty Member for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Executive Column Editor for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.


Appropriate Pressure Relationships: Physics and Practical Solutions

Hospitals may struggle with maintaining appropriate pressure relationships as required by Joint Commission standards. This issue continues to be one of the most commonly-cited Joint Commission findings during surveys. With this presentation, you will gain a better understanding of key requirements regarding maintaining appropriate pressure relationships, consequences of upset pressure conditions, and practical solutions to common problems.

Craig Ordmandy

Craig OrdmandyDirector of Regulatory Affairs • Door Control Services

Craig Ordmandy has been in the door industry for almost 30 years. During this time he has been very involved in the design and testing of door assemblies and components to meet numerous code requirements in the US and around the world. The testing has included but not limited to, fire and smoke resistance, windstorm resistance, blast resistance, bullet resistance, etc. Craig has been the liaison between the regulatory agencies such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek Testing Services, AHJ’s, etc. and several door companies during his career. In addition, Craig has actively served on numerous industry association committees dedicated to the development of standards for life safety, including but not limited to, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), ICC (International Code Council), SDI (Steel Door Institute), BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association), HMMA (Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association), etc. Craig is currently a member of the IFDIA (International Fire Door Inspector Association) and, is qualified to conduct fire door inspections as required by NFPA 80. He also holds an OSHA Safety Certification. Craig is an active member of the ASNI A250 TC1 Committee, which is focused on developing standards for doors and frames. Craig has a BS degree in Organizational Management, as well as a MBA from Bethel University.


Diamond Level Sponsor Presentation

Change is Good

It has been said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. (Dr. Wayne Dyer). With the adoption of the NFPA 101 2012 Life Safety Code, there are several changes with regard to door assemblies. Fortunately for facility managers many of the changes, if looked at properly, will provide a positive difference, provide more options and opportunity and, therefore be beneficial in the long run.

Some of the subject matter covered will be as follows:

  • Openings in Exit Enclosures
  • New Dead Bolt Lock Requirements
  • Electrically Locked Doors
  • Delayed Egress Devices Opportunities
  • Changes Armor Plates and Other Hardware
  • Annual Fire Door Inspections
  • What’s Behind a Fire Door Label
This program is designed to help Healthcare Facility Managers look at and understand the recent changes related to door assemblies and see the overall benefits of the changes. It will also help to identify the many options available as related to security and fire door assemblies, thereby providing a safer environment for the occupants.

Brent Rutherford

Program Manager of System Engineering • Texas Health Resources

Brent Rutherford, CEM, CHFM is a Program Manager of System Engineering for Texas Health Resources (THR), directing the Energy Management and Infrastructure Capital Replacement Programs. As the Program Manager of System Engineering, he develops and implements Infrastructure Master Replacement projects as well as Utility conservation, reliability, and optimization procedures for the Plant Operations/Engineering departments of the 13 non-profit entities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He has been involved in healthcare facilities management and construction for over 16 years in Louisiana and Texas as a Facilities Director, contractor and consultant. Brent holds 2 Bachelors of Science degrees in Environmental Science from Abilene Christian University and in Education from McMurry University and has obtained the designation of Certified Energy Manager. He joined THR in 2013 after working for 12 years in Louisiana.


Improving your Facility Energy Efficiency within your Capital Improvement Plan

Maximizing our efforts with limited funding requires building and following a plan. We have built our Energy Program on a global review of all capital requests. We start by identifying the functional condition of all our equipment in the building(s) and scoring it based on the expected remaining life, how much we are spending annually on repairs and the efficiency of the equipment. After we have made these determinations, we build a 5 year capital replacement plan and dedicating our budget to accommodate as many projects as feasible. We allocate a percentage (5%) of the budget to cover unexpected failures and emergencies. This plan has reduced the frequency and impact of failing equipment over the past 5 years. Second step, look at the equipment to be replaced in advance of funding and evaluate whether direct replacement is the most responsible option. Look not only at the single piece of equipment, rather look at the overall system. This is where we can improve our operations and our energy usage the most. When you look at a Chiller replacement, look at the entire system. What does it serve? Is it sized appropriately? Can you make a bigger impact by replacing the entire system to gain more efficiency? Our experience has proven the added changes have significantly improved our overall operational budgets. The ROI is usually enough to sell the project to our leadership and when it is, we all win. The final piece of this plan is to never stop reviewing it and looking for the best solutions to your operations. We conduct third party evaluations of the condition of our equipment every 5 years, and annually, we sit down with the Engineering Department leaders to ensure the 5 year replacement plan is still accurate and the budgets are still good. This process allows us to make the sell to finance that we are being good stewards of the corporate funds and improving the bottom line.


  • Define the parameters of an Creating and Managing your Capital funding to improve the operation of your facility
  • Describe the process of Measuring your success
  • Provide evidence of our repeatable process to support these practices.


Dave Schurk

Director of Healthcare Accounts • HTS

David Schurk DES., CEM., LEED-AP., CDSM., CWEP., SFP., CIAQM., Member ASHRAE, is Director of Health Care Accounts for Heat Transfer Solutions, a multifaceted manufactures representative of HVAC products and solutions located in Houston, Texas. He is a Licensed Designer of Engineering Systems and has over 30-years of experience in the design and analysis of complex heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems for a variety of market sectors, with a special focus on health care facilities. He is a LEED-AP and has been involved in the conception, design and selection of systems for over 15-projects achieving LEED certified status. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Demand Side Manager, a Certified Water Efficiency Professional, a Certified Sustainable Facilities Professional and a Board Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager. He is active in the Houston ASHRAE chapter, the Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineering, the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management, the Association of Energy Engineers as well as several other industry associations. David has authored various technical articles for a number of industry trade magazines and is a featured presenter at regional and national industry events.


The Practical Application of HVAC Noise and Vibration Control for Healthcare Facilities

Purpose: Within a context of striving to improve the patient care experience, the healthcare community is becoming ever more sensitive to the acoustical quality within their facilities, both new and existing. Most objectionable noise and vibration attributed to HVAC equipment is the result of ”system” problems, due to the improper selection, design or installation of the component parts. This technical session will give facility managers a basic understanding of “what to pay attention to” with regard to the acoustical performance for products and systems being specified and installed, and how this can greatly reduce the number and severity of noise complaints experienced. It will also cover what to look for (and do) when issues arise.

This session will follow recommendations and procedures made in accordance with the ASHRAE Guide to Noise and Vibration Control for HVAC Systems, the ASHRAE Guide to the Application of Manufactures Sound Data, and the ASHRAE Handbook-Applications Chapter 47, “Sound and Vibration Control”.

Abstract: The purpose of the HVAC system is to cost effectively and efficiently maintain staff comfort and support patient health and recovery. During the design phase, it is essential that all HVAC products and components be selected to accomplish this goal in a manner so as not to negatively impact the space occupants. “Seen and not heard” seems an appropriate description for how mechanical systems should serve critical healthcare facilities, but this is often not the case in real world experience. The following topics will be introduced and discussed as they relate to helping facility managers ensure the “quietest” HVAC systems possible:

  • What are some “basics” of HVAC acoustics that healthcare facility managers should be familiar with in helping deal with everyday acoustical issues?
  • What’s the typical approach to noise and vibration analysis in healthcare facility design and what can be done (upfront) to make it better?
  • What are the minimum general design guidelines that should be followed to help reduce noise and vibration and what should be considered above and beyond these to help eliminate future problems?
  • How does preliminary mechanical equipment room “space-planning” impact noise and vibration that may be result once equipment is operational and what’s the ultimate MER layout?
  • What’s the “best-case” air-handling unit and fan design to help ensure quiet air delivery systems?
  • What should be considered to help eliminate problematic acoustical performance from other HVAC equipment such as boilers, chillers, cooling towers, fan-coils, pumps, ductwork, registers, grilles, etc.?
Learning Objective:
  • Learn some of the basics of practical HVAC acoustics.
  • Understand some of the methods to help select and purchase HVAC equipment and components that will result in both efficient and quiet installations.
  • Realize the dynamic interaction between all components in a functioning HVAC system and what approach should be taken to help ensure satisfactory acoustical performance.
  • Learn some basic troubleshooting “tips” that can be used to help identify and correct acoustical issues once they arise.
  • Understand how energy efficiency relates to noise and vibration in HVAC systems.

Rick Scivally

Rick ScivallyDirector of Engineering, Safety & Security • Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital

Rick D. Scivally is the Director of Facilities for Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, a 307 bed acute care facility located in Bedford, Texas. Additionally he has responsibility for all Environment of Care related functions of the hospital and construction. Mr. Scivally has over twenty five year’s healthcare experience and has been a TAHFM member since 2001. Mr. Scivally served as Region 5 Representative from 2006 to 2008 and was elected to the Board of Directors as Region 5 Director for TAHFM from 2010 through 2014, Regional Director for Region 8 in 2014 and as President Elect in 2015. Rick was recognized by TAHFM as the Distinguished Executive of the Year for 2006-2007 and as the ASHE Region 7 Emerging Leader in 2014. Mr. Scivally holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM #167), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP #2051), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP #607) and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Nicholas Hanson

Systems Sales Engineer • Trane

Nick Hanson is a System Sales Engineer for Trane in Dallas, TX. Nick has been a Sales Engineer for 14 years and has been intimately involved with many large complex projects, with a specialty in high performance Central Utility Plants. When he is not at work, he spends time traveling and automating everything he can at home.


THR Ice Cooler Project "Ice Melt Demand Project"

This project explains the process of implementing creative solutions and turning creative ideas in to a successful project.

Terry Scott

Terry ScottASHE President, System Director, Engineering Services • Memorial Hermann Health System

Terry Scott, MBA, CHFM, CHC, CHSP, SASHE, has held leadership positions in hospitals for the past 30 years. He is currently the System Director of three Facilities for Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston Texas. Two of Terry’s facilities have obtained the Energy Star Label.

Terry previously held a similar position at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont and Orange Facilities. Prior to that Terry served as the Director of Facilities for HCA at its East and West Houston Facilities. Terry began working in the hospital facilities management field in 1981 for San Jacinto Methodist Hospital where he was employed for 20 years. Prior to his hospital experience Terry served in the US Army for three years.

Terry attended Texas Women’s University, where he obtained his MBA in December of 2013. Terry holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Houston, is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM) and a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) and Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC)

Terry was elected in 2014 to serve as ASHE President in 2016 and is now the Immediate past President of ASHE. Terry recently served on the ASHE Board of Directors for ASHE Region 7.

Terry is the past president of (TAHFM) Texas Association of Healthcare Facility Managers an ASHE Chapter, and has served on their board since 2004. Terry is also a founding board member and past President of the Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers (HAAHE).

Terry is he past chair of the ASHE Chapter relations Committee and previously served on the ASHE Planning, Design, and Construction Committee. Terry was the recipient of the ASHE Emerging Regional Leader Award in 2007.

Terry has conducted presentations on a variety of facility management topics at the state and national level. Terry and his wife Margie reside in Baytown Texas and enjoy family life with five children and two grandchildren.

Tony Suarez

Tony SuarezASHE Region 7 Director, Director, Facility Services • Midland Memorial Hospital

Mr. Suarez, SASHE, CHFM Biography, is the Director of Facilities Services at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. As a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), he currently serves on the ASHE Board of Directors representing Region 7 and currently serves as the Chair for the ASHE Sustainability Committee. Mr. Suarez holds the designation of Senior in the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), and a graduate of the ASHE Leadership Institute. Mr. Suarez served as President for the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) from 2011 to 2013 and served on their Board of Directors from 2006 to 2015.


ASHE Update

ASHE, as always, is here to serve you. This session will be about ASHE’S Strategic Plan and Imperatives. Learn what ASHE is doing in Succession Planning, Sustainability and Member Value. Learn about the many benefits of being an ASHE Member. Learn how to better prepare yourself for a successful career.


Knowing Your Numbers

As healthcare senior leadership look for opportunities to improve the bottom line, It has become imperative that healthcare facilities managers be able to quantifiably demonstrate operational and financial metric improvements. These improvement must be to not only to national benchmarks but, also to their own past performance. The objective of this presentation is to encourage facilities managers to develop, use, and know these analytical metrics in order to validate effectiveness of initiatives.

Randall Snelling

Randell Snelling photoDirector of Operations • DNV-GL Healthcare

Randall S. Snelling Director of Operations DNV Healthcare Inc. Randall “Randy” Snelling is the director of Operations at DNV Healthcare, Inc. He is responsible for oversight of DNV Healthcare Accreditation and Certification surveyors and associated activities. Randy’s responsibilities include ensuring surveyor staff maintain competency in all areas of their respective disciplines be it PE specialist, Generalist and /or clinical. He has had an integral role for the development of the NIAHO℠ Accreditation Program under deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is responsible for Physical Environment standards, interpretive guidelines, and comprehensive survey process. Randy has more than twenty-five years of experience in various roles related to Accreditation and certification of hospitals and hospital departments. Randy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from the University of Louisville, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, and numerous certifications in the maintenance and building industries. He is also a veteran speaker who has presented information to various groups for over a decade across the USA.


Facility Management in the DNV NIAHO® Accredited Hospital: A New Vision for the PE

This session provides an overview of the DNV Healthcare NIAHO® Physical Environment (PE) survey process, including survey team composition, surveyor focus, and processes unique to the DNV survey. In addition to this overview, focused topics will include current issues affecting DNV Accredited Facility Systems Managers such as the incorporation of ISO 9001 and infection control processes, interpreting third-party codes, and new CMS focus on categorical waivers, alternate equipment maintenance (AEM), emergency management, and changes for the adoption of NFPA 2012.

This session will enable the attendee to: Describe the DNV Physical Environment survey process, including unique methods. Outline how integration of ISO 9001-2015 requirements affects development of a hospital’s system management procedures. Discuss in depth the current issues, common findings, code clarifications and infection control integration into NIAHO® Facility Management systems Discuss the corrective action plan and appeals process actions expected of DNV client hospitals as a result of NIAHO survey findings

Kim Sullivan

Kim SullivanProject Consultant • m Strategic Partners

Kim Sullivan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a Project Consultant at m Strategic Partners, a program management firm specializing in technically-complex projects with a focus on healthcare, research, higher education, energy, facilities assessment and mission critical. She is a 20+ year industry veteran, with over 10 years in healthcare electrical engineering design. Other areas of expertise include technical writing, sustainability, the LEED rating system, and the federal Guiding Principles. Professional organization involvement includes the Houston-area chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), for which she has held various committee and leadership positions. Kim attended Kansas State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. In addition to her professional engineering license and LEED accreditation, she also holds a Technical Knowledge Certificate from the IES and a permaculture certification. Recently relocated to be closer to her Midwest roots, Kim currently works remotely from her home in Colorado.

Jessy Shao

Program Director, Willdan Energy Solutions

Ms. Jessy Shao is a Program Director in Willdan Energy Solutions’ Houston, TX office. Ms. Shao is a registered Texas Professional Engineer, and has over has over twelve years of energy efficiency program experience specializing in program design, program management, M&V development and regulatory support. Ms. Shao has in-depth knowledge and experience with Texas utilities including both Investor Owner Utilities and Municipality Owned Utilities. Ms. Shao worked with Investor Owner Utilities by helping them design and manage a variety of energy efficiency programs such as Data Center Energy Efficiency Program, Healthcare Energy Efficiency Program, Sustainable Schools Program, Commercial Standard Offer Program, A/C Distributor Program and Residential Standard Offer Program. Ms. Shao worked with Texas State of Energy Conservation Office (SECO) through developing an Energy Efficiency Best Practices Guide for the Locally Owned Utilities.

Ms. Shao holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Texas A&M University, College Station and Professional Engineer, Mechanical Engineering from State of Texas. Prior to joining Willdan she worked at ICF, Nexant and Texas A&M University.

David Dzierski

Energy Efficiency Program Manager • CenterPoint Energy

David Dzierski was born and raised in a small town approximately 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Allegheny River. He began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a field engineer in the Power Generation Services Division. While at Westinghouse, David traveled to numerous electric generating stations in the northeast providing technical support for steam turbine maintenance and repair.

David moved to Houston Texas in 1979 and worked for Houston Lighting and Power Company in the Fossil Plant Engineering Department for 25 years. After deregulation, David continued his career at Reliant Energy supporting the operating power plants by providing design engineering support and metallurgical failure analysis.

Reliant Energy closed its engineering offices and David went to work for CenterPoint Energy in 2004 as an Energy Efficiency Program Manager. During the last 10 years David has worked on numerous energy efficiency programs including Energy Star for New Homes, Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer, Multifamily Gas, Commercial Load Management, A/C Tune-up and Healthcare Energy Efficiency Programs (HEEP). David likes to say that he spent the first 25 years of his career generating electricity and the last part of his career helping people to use it wisely.

Todd Harvey

Director of Engineering Services • Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugar Land

Todd Harvey has advanced up the management ranks in the facilities department. He began his path to leadership at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center as Team Leader, where he saw a number of successes. He led the Medical Center team effort to manage the rental equipment pool that supplied temporary power, HVAC, and potable water for the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery efforts. He is currently Director of Engineering Services at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Todd has responsibility for a $4M operational budget, and management of capital projects up to $500k. He is a key component in the management and construction of a combined $96M project at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. The project included a new four-story medical office building, and a new six-story patient bed tower. Todd is well-versed on the policies of OSHA, TJC, NFPA, as well as local authorities.

Under Todd’s leadership operation, maintenance, and utility expenses were reduced in FY09 ($106,506 or 5.6%), FY10 ($212,498 or 10.9%), and FY11 ($77,905 or 7.0%). Todd led Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, to being awarded the Energy Star Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and NAFA “Clean Air Award” 2008. Todd is a member of TAHFM, and ASHE. He also holds numerous professional certifications, and is currently completing requirements for a Bachelor Degree in Business Management. He has been serving Memorial Hermann for 23 years, and when he is not giving his all to MHSL, he can be found hunting, fishing, or any other outdoor activities.


Texas Utilities Monetary Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Energy-efficient equipment pays – and with financial incentives provided through Texas utilities, some of those dollars can be up-front funding. The incentive payments can greatly enhance a project’s financial payback and help steer an owner toward more efficient systems for short-term and life-cycle return on investment. Learn the background of one utility’s incentive program and what energy conservation measures are eligible. See who is participating, understand how the program works, and explore some project-specific examples. You will also hear an owner’s perspective regarding energy efficiency goals, infrastructure upgrades and the financial impact of this program as a case study.

Ed Tinsley

Ed TinsleyP.E. • Bernhard Energy

Ed Tinsley is the CEO of Bernhard Energy and an Executive Managing Principal at Bernhard TME. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Ed has more than 35 years of experience in facilities engineering both as a consultant and as a representative of the building owner for healthcare, higher education, governmental and commercial clients. During his career as a consulting engineer, he has managed the design of more than 300 construction projects with a total cost in excess of $5 billion.

Ed is a noted authority on chilled water systems, surgery HVAC systems, and other healthcare facility components. He has authored numerous articles and presentations, is a member of ASHE faculty, and is a former hospital facility manager. Ed has taught more than 150 classes on a variety of subjects including ventilation systems, high-performance MEP/FP systems, infection control and risk assessment, energy procurement, commissioning, sustainable design, and energy conservation. He has also authored numerous magazine articles and white papers, including many sections of “ASHE’s Health Facility Commissioning Guidelines and Handbook.”


Building Controls & Retro Cx Industry Update

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Tom Zahorsky

Tom ZahorskyPrincipal • Safe Hospital Services, LLC

Working in Healthcare Facilities Management since 1974, Tom has served as a Director of Plant Operations, a Surveyor and now consultant for over four decades. Having seen a need for competent fire-stopping in nearly every hospital inspected, Tom determined to address this often neglected component of a fire-safe facility by starting a firm that specializes in fire-stopping barriers in Healthcare Facilities in 2008.


Fire-stopping In Healthcare Facilities

The number one killer is any structure fire is smoke. Effective sealing of smoke and fire barriers is paramount to having a safe Healthcare Facility. Special knowledge is required regarding where and how to install the correct construction joint and penetration repair systems to maintain the rating of required walls. Learn the ins and outs of doing a proper job of fire-stopping a Healthcare Facility.

Hands on Training with Vendors


Variable Frequency Drive Operations/Maintenance Demonstration - Elm Room

Haim Schwartz - Schneider
Taylor Oltman - Schneider



Automatic Transfer Switch Operations/Maintenance Demonstration - Pecan Room

Charlie Hume - Product Manager, Eaton
Peter Steele - Senior Sales Engineer, Eaton

This hands-on breakout training session will provide an operational demonstration of Eaton’s award winning 400A Bypass Isolation Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS). Key features and capabilities will be shown including safety and maintenance attributes. Attendees will have the opportunity to operate the ATS, perform a rack-out procedure, and program set-points in the ATC-900 controller.


Air Terminal Box Controls Operations/TAB Demonstration - Pine Room

Gregory Hewittt - DAC, Inc.
Enrique Garmendia - DAC, Inc.
Kenny Simkins - SCI, Inc.
Brian Nunley - SCI, Inc.

Learn best practices and practical applications for VAV systems in the healthcare environment. Understand the intricacies of pressure independent vs. pressure dependent systems and why they are important when balancing and controlling critical spaces. Explore lessons learned from experts in the controls and balancing industries.

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