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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Future Proofing for the Next Pandemic Without Breaking the Bank

Neal Boothe, PE
Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions
Aaron Johnson, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Managing Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions

Healthcare facility owners rode through the waves of the financial fluctuations of the COVID-19 pandemic. With recommendations coming in from multiple sources and experts emerging at an alarming rate, it is demanding to sift through the available knowledge. This session discusses future proposed code modifications and provides the attendee with an understanding of how to be prepared and how to design for the next pandemic without spending absorbent financial resources. TLC is working to update our design (primarily HVAC) to allow for pandemic responses in the future without changing the hospital's operation permanently in all other times. This will allow for better pandemic response if/when needed in the future without making permanent modifications that would cost additional money in energy costs for the life of the building.


1. Updated recommendations from ASHRAE based on experience with COVID
2. What did work/what didn't work well with makeshift/temporary construction due to COVID in existing facilities
3. Important considerations for future designs in hospitals. How do we not overdo HVAC for the life of the building but provide flexibility for the next Pandemic?
4. Minimum requirements from CDC and ASHRAE that leave facilities well protected and prepared.


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