Over the past 15 years, architects, facility managers and building owners have widely adopted touchless technology in sinks, soap dispensers and hand dryers to create more hygienic lavatory experiences for their patrons. The more consumers learn about bacteria and disease transmission, the less they want to touch anything in a public washroom.
A water condenser chiller is a refrigeration device that transfers heat from one element into another. Most of the energy consumed by a chiller is used to move refrigerant vapor from the evaporator (low pressure) to the condenser (high pressure). Lowering condenser water temperature decreases the pressure differential, so the compressor does less work.
During construction of a new 40,000 sf Emergency Room and Acute Care addition at Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, CA, McCarthy Building Companies decided to take a hard look at the way they had been creating their Operation and Maintenance manuals (O&Ms). While McCarthy had implemented paperless building processes, meaning that everyone on the design and construction team had access to digital documents, their Owners’ facilities departments were still working with printed copies. The paper-based facilities workflow created several challenges including delayed access to information, misplaced drawings and difficulties documenting changes over time.
People expect healthcare facilities to be clean and safe, and ensuring the safety of patients,
visitors and staff is among the most important jobs facilities directors perform. Reducing cleaningrelated
hazards – including slippery floors, poor indoor air quality, and handling and mixing
chemicals – will help make your facility safer.