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{Past Event} - Design & Construction Series: Low Flow Water Fixture Selection for Health Care Facilities

July 11, 2008 - 1:30 pm - July 11, 2008 - 1:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Low flow water fixtures that address the health care setting’s infection control concerns and high volume usage criteria are becoming increasingly available at competitive prices. First, Mara Baum of Anshen and Allen will review how to tailor product selection to a health care facility’s needs, and will offer the latest resources on ranking systems and other criteria to help the decision making process. Next, Kevin Shulte and Craig Flandermeyer of Schmidt Associates will present a case study of water efficiency in hospital emergency rooms. Finally, you will learn how low-flow plumbing fixtures have saved money at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA from Geoff Glass of Providence and Troy Aichle of Stirrett-Johnsen, Inc.

Takehome Value

  • To identify and understand the relevant issues in selecting low- and no-water plumbing fixtures in healthcare projects, including differences based on facility type.
  • To identify tools and resources useful in the fixture selection process.
  • Strategies for water reduction in hospitals. (LEED submittal based)
  • Potential Obstacles for using water efficient fixtures – Regulatory, Infection Control and Owner Reservations
  • Learn about proven water saving techniques and products from one of the leading northwestern hospitals in water conservation.
  • Find out how to optimize your current and future building’s water use and lower operating cost

Points To Include

Participants in this webinar will be eligible for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) from the American Institute of Architects Upon the completion of the session, registered attendees will receive an email containing a web URL for their AIA certificate. Be sure to have your AIA member number ready at that time so your CEU can be properly registered and maintained. The entire process will be online.


Mara Baum, Anshen + Allen Architects
Telephone: 415.281.5434
Mara Baum, AIA, LEED AP, is a designer and researcher at Anshen+Allen Architects in San Francisco, where she focuses on the intersection between ecological issues and the creation of a healthy and healing built environment. Her current work includes projects at Pomerado Hospital, now under construction, new bed buildings for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and grant-funded research on the challenges and synergies of integrating eco-effective and evidence-based design best practices. Ms. Baum also teaches green building courses at California College of the Arts and online for the Boston Architectural College Sustainable Design Certificate Program. She is active in the US Green Building Council both locally and nationally, having recently completed a two year position with the national USGBC Research Committee as its 2006 Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow and a committee Liaison. Ms. Baum holds a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Magna Cum Laude from Washington University.

Kevin Schulte, Schmidt Associates
Telephone: 317 275 1824
Kevin is a Mechanical Engineer and brings more than nine years of experience to your project. He is responsible for the design and development of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. He carefully analyzes building loads and offers recommendations for equipment based on up-front and life-cycle cost, using a system selection matrix tool that integrates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) concepts into building design. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toledo, and completed the following courses at University of Wisconsin: The Commissioning Process for LEED Projects; Selecting Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Hospitals; Energy Modeling for High Performance Buildings; and Mechanical System Design for Green Buildings. Kevin a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.

Craig Flandermeyer RLA, LEED AP, Schmidt Associates
Telephone: 317 263 6226
As an Associate of Schmidt Associates, Craig is a member of the strategic planning team. His role as a Landscape Architect with the firm includes site analysis, planning, and design; grading and drainage design; cost estimating; and graphic illustration. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, Craig works with the project team to identify opportunities for high performance synergies between building systems. He champions our integrated design approach, and coordinates our efforts for LEED project certification. He earned a B.S. in Landscape Architecture at Purdue University, and has completed coursework in Managing Green Building Projects at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Craig is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.

Geoffrey Glass, Providence St. Peter
Geoff was trained as an engineer at the University of Michigan and is certified as a Professional Engineer. He received his master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He has served four major medical centers in Western Washington over his career as a health care facility manager spanning 20 years – the last 9 of which has been as Director of Facility & Technology Services for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Geoff holds a certification as a Healthcare Facilities Manager and has been recognized for his continuing efforts to make his hospital a more green operation.

Troy Aichele, Stirrett-Johnsen, Inc.
Telephone: 360-447-4869
Troy holds degrees in HVAC and Refrigeration Design, and Construction Management from the University of Washington. For each of his last 16 years, Troy has estimated and managed Hospital Plumbing, Piping, and Medical Gas System additions, remodels, upgrades and retrofits in virtually every department as a Design-Builder, General Contractor and Subcontractor. Troy works for Stirrett-Johnsen, Inc., a Mechanical Contractor enthusiastically assisting Geoff Glass and his green operation efforts at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. Troy has taught Mechanical Construction classes at the University of Washington and Portland Community College for over 5 years and regularly presents seminars for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington. Troy is also a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s Green Coordinating Committee.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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