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Tuesday, September 27, 2022  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Improving Women's & Children's Healthcare Through High Performance Design

George B. Hernandez, Jr.
President/Chief Executive Officer, University Health System
Mitra Memari, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Partner, ZGF Architects LLP
Greg J. Quinn PE, LEED AP, NCEES
Principal, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, ACHA, RID, EDAC, NCARB
Partner, Marmon Mok Architecture

While on the precipice of a worldwide pandemic, University Health System embarked on a mission to improve and advance women’s and children’s health needs in the San Antonio community with the design and construction of a new patient tower project. During the early stages of the design process, the goal of incorporating high performance design concepts with the clinical mission were heavily discussed, studied, and eventually integrated. During this interactive engagement, an analysis of engineering design practices and how they sync with the performance of the building façade were measured and quantified. Presenters will share how functional, adaptable, and sustainable goals for this project were challenged with budgetary and operational cost models, and how upfront investments in envelope and building systems innovations can inform design to optimize effective, long lasting, and safe care delivery.

1: Understand the hospital’s mission of promoting good health within the community, and how it synergizes with the architectural concepts of the project.
2: Identify and distinguish the key factors in the unification between flexibility in healthcare design and innovative energy performance.
3: Recognize how building systems can respond positively to the building façade by adopting an integrated design methodology.
4: Summarize the benefits of decentralized air-handling systems versus a centralized system, from both a space saving and cost benefit perspective.
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