PDC Summit 2018: A Melody of Mazzetti in the Music City


It’s that time of year again — Spring Training, March Madness, and PDC Summit! And this year, we’re more excited than ever, being in the world’s “Music City” (not to mention the home of hot chicken!). We’re rockin’ a great line-up of sessions featuring timely info on electrical demand factors, new ideas in emergency design, Legionella & water management, connected care in the built environment, and even the impact of the Amazon-spurred “convenience culture” on our industry. See more details below.

If you haven’t already met our newest Mazzetti team members from Atlanta (formerly PerryCrabb), stop by booth #1208. And, did we mention we’re hosting a party?!  Join us Tuesday evening, March 27 @ 7pm on the rooftop at Nashville’s new City Tap House (literally two blocks from the conference venue). Why attend?

  • Sip and sample Nashvlle’s local brews and bites.
  • Network with new and familiar faces.
  • Preview our new technology platform to save you and your project time (and headaches.)
  • Participate in our #NameIt campaign (for the new platform) for the chance to win prizes.
  • Enjoy a lovely evening with local Nashville flair.

RSVP HERE to reserve your spot.


ASHE PDC SUMMIT 2018 – Mazzetti+GBA Sessions


Monday, March 26
(9:45am – 10:45am)

Interviews with Sustainable Health Care Icons
Shannon Bunsen, Sustainability Project Manager, Mazzetti+GBA; Troy Savage, Project Manager, Mazzetti+GBA; Kevin Gombotz, PE, Vice President, Building Energy Solutions, Envinity, Inc; Antonio Suárez, MBA, CHFM, SASHE, Director, Facility, Services, Midland Memorial Hospital; Mark Dykes, Project Manager of Energy Utilization, UF Health at Shands Hospital – University of Florida; John R Puckett, MSM CHFM, Facilities and Engineering Services, Business Operations Manager, UW Health

Come hear how and why iconic leaders in health, Energy to Care award winners, have been able to achieve the success that has eluded others. Patterns are beginning to reveal themselves; these icons display a range of similar strategies that involve goal setting, managing centralization, capital deployment, data management, standardization, and engagement. This session will consider what organizations can do to move forward on a continuous improvement pathway, and how individuals can become the leaders their organizations need.

  • Leverage design strategies for health care energy and sustainability
  • Use corporate management strategies for health care energy and sustainability
  • Develop methods to advance your organization in more successful pathways toward a reduced-energy, resilient future
  • Become the kind of change agent who can help your organization to achieve this kind of success


Monday, March 26
(1:45 – 2:45pm)

Re-Engineering Electrical Demand Factors
Walt Vernon, PE, MBA, JD, EDAC, LEED,CEPP, FASHE, CEO, Mazzetti+GBA; Jason D’Antona, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Thompson Consultants

For decades, health care engineers have reported that new building electrical systems are significantly larger than the loads they are intended to serve. This discrepancy has long appeared to be an opportunity for cost reduction. However, something as significant as demand factor requirements in codes change slowly, and, usually, only in response to overwhelming evidence. This problem has been discussed by organizations such as IEEE, Laurence Berkeley National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Labs, ASHRAE, and the California Energy Commission. ASHE‘s advocacy team has created a research team to better study and document the realities of this situation, and to submit proposals to the National Electrical Code (NEC) in response. That team is now working with representatives of the NFPA to ensure these demand factor adjustments will be approved in the next (2020) edition of the NEC. This session will explore this issue and research in depth, including opportunities for ASHE members to help.

  • Discuss how the evolution of demand factors for health care facility electrical systems have become irrelevant to today‘s health care facilities field.
  • Explain how new metering technologies for electrical distribution systems are helping inform ASHE and the NEC in ways that will help reduce system oversizing, and ultimately reduce costs so that more resources can be directed at patient care.
  • Describe ways to be involved in the research and advocacy process to support this important initiative.
  • Discuss potential design implications with respect to energy consumption of medical equipment and how this helps hospitals provide new and better technology to care for the needs of their communities.


Tuesday, March 27
(4:10 – 5:10pm)

Legionella in Health Care: The Importance of Water Management
Heather Platt, PE, MBA, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mazzetti+GBA; John Wood, CHC, CHFM, SASHE, Senior Associate, Senior Facility Operations Consultant, Mazzetti+GBA

Hospitals are increasingly in need of water risk management planning to reduce and eliminate the possibility of waterborne illness such as Legionella. ASHRAE published the new standard ASHRAE 188-2015 to establish minimum requirements for building water systems. This session offers a review of the ASHE water management monograph to assist members in complying with the standard and demonstrate why a water management plan ensures patient and facility safety.

  • Develop a water management program to protect patients, visitors, and staff from waterborne pathogens
  • Meet the water system requirements of CMS Condition of Participation 482.42 Infection Control, Joint Commisssion Enviroment of Care, and the ASHRAE Standard 188
  • Reduce waterborne HAIs
  • Identify case examples of waterborne pathogens and scenarios


Tuesday, March 27
(4:10 – 5:10pm)

Impact of Connected Care on the Built Environment
Carrie Condry, Senior Technology Consultant, Mazzetti+GBA; Josh Kelly, RCDD, Senior Technology Consultant, Mazzetti+GBA

More than 8.3 million people receive support from long-term care services. At the same time, the continued focus for hospitals on reducing readmissions is forcing systemic changes. Some health systems are adding aftercare facilities to their own campuses and recognize that communication can improve patient outcomes. Moving communication and monitoring beyond the physical walls of the hospital requires significant changes inside the hospital walls. As health systems push the boundaries of care, the built environment must support this growth.

  • Identify new monitoring technologies that will affect workflow and the built environment
  • Explore examples where health systems are implementing integrated solutions
  • Discuss industry changes and challenges that are creating the need for new solutions
  • Assess options facilities should consider in preparation for these technology challenges


Wednesday, March 28
(8:30 – 9:30am)

FGI and ACEP: New Ideas in Emergency Design
Walt Vernon, PE, MBA, JD, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE, CEO, Mazzetti+GBA; Virgina Pankey, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, Senior Medical Planner & Senior Project Manager, HOK; Sheila Ruder, AIA, ACHA, LSSGB, LEED AP, EDAC, Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS; Troy Savage, Project Manager, Mazzetti+GBA; Jeff Looney, Associate Principal, Mazzetti+GBA

This session builds on the Facility Guidelines Institute workshop conducted during the 2016 PDC Summit. The session will apply the principles of design thinking, coupled with deep clinical expertise, to identify pressing needs and opportunities at the intersection of planning and delivery. In this session, a “Shark Tank” format will be used to explain the principles of design to demonstrate how the FGI uses these tools to improve Guidelines development and to test new ideas for the emergency department.

  • Identify the basic principles of design thinking
  • Review how FGI is evolving and how it is using design thinking and clinical expertise to improve future Guidelines content
  • Gain exposure to new ideas for emergency services design
  • Have fun shaping a further research agenda for the FGI by helping to pick a best topic


Wednesday, March 28
(10:50- 11:50am)

Amazon’s Convenience Culture Impacting the Health Care Environment
Carrie Condry, Senior Technology Consultant, Mazzetti+GBA; Josh Kelly, RCDD, Senior Technology Consultant, Mazzetti+GBA

Amazon has forever changed the way we shop; health care is next. The consumer’s expectation of convenience will push health care systems to create new and repurposed physical and digital environments. These changes will transform delivery processes and incorporate diverse services and products. The impact to the built environment will be substantial: call centers, wellness centers, and more telehealth capability. This session will explore how a customized, coordinated, analytics-driven, personalized, single-click health care experience might be achieved.

  • Identify the ways the consumer experience and expectations have been changed by Amazon’s innovations
  • Contrast current health care workflow and operations with those of a convenience culture
  • Explore a range of technologies to support these new approaches
  • Evaluate the efffect of “Amazon-like health care” and other innovations to the built environment

More PDC info here: http://www.ashe.org/PDC/index.shtml

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