Learning Lounge

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Interactive Dashboards to Manage Facilities Information

Do you know where all of your Facility documents are located? Do you have CURRENT as-builts? Do you know what is under warranty when something breaks? Does your team know where all the shutoffs are located in case of an emergency? Can you share these out with first responders? Could you find everything in about 10 seconds? You are invited to join David Trask, National Director, Facilities with ARC Document Solutions to see how to assemble all these documents into an effective active archive for every facility that you own, occupy and manage. Trask will show you how an EASY, push-button dashboard can streamline your processes and give you back TIME to better manage your buildings.


1. Learn how to manage historical and new renovation documents by creating a single CURRENT set of drawings for all your buildings.
2. Learn how you can complete more work orders every day by accessing your information within seconds.
3. Learn how other healthcare groups are utilizing a single source of truth for all their facilities related documents to streamline their workflow.
4. Learn how your facilities team can access critical facilities documents in the field and speed up response times for catastrophic events.

David Trask, National Director, Facilities, ARC Document Solutions

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Embracing the new and possible while delivering comfort and care.

Establish your own priorities beyond ADA and Universal Design Principles to create guiding principles for environments & products for your facilities. Grasping and applying the emerging possibilities coming from technology while staying focused on delivering comfort and care to our collective clients; patients and staff. New materials, electric and electronic controls and manufacturing processes are making greener, safer, more economical, more flexible spaces and products achievable. Design movements, manufacturers, institutions and governments are addressing the mounting burden from longer life spans, increased populations and expectations for an enhanced quality of life. The lines between providing healthcare, hospitality and residential offerings are blurring. At the same time, end consumers continue to resist an institutional feel. This presentation will draw on international examples of educational research, product, design and legislative responses.


1. What are the current and growing needs of our clients - patients, residents & staff?
2. Changing manufacturing and building techniques which enable safer & more useable environments while responding to clients need for a feeling of home?
3. Examples of new product solutions in development or available to meet these needs and requirements, using VT research projects and more
4. Case studies and projects - residential, hospitality and healthcare

John O'Meara, President, HEWI, Inc
Joseph Wheeler, Professor, School of Architecture - Virginia Tech

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Therapeutic benefits of visual arts for way-finding at Childrenís Health of Dallas

A new art program at Children’s Health plays a role in a comprehensive wayfinding system that helps patients and visitors maneuver through the 3.4-million-square-foot campus of five separate buildings. Reducing stress and anxiety for both patients and staff were primary objectives, demonstrating a therapeutic approach to the visual arts in healthcare, with a theme of "refined whimsy."


1. Learn the therapeutic benefits of integrating the visual arts with interior wayfinding.
2. Describe the stakeholders’ perspectives concerning the need for an effective branding
and wayfinding initiative at a facility such as Children's Health.
3. Explain how to meet the challenge of implementing a large and complex campus-wide
4. Consider wayfinding in terms of both travel through spaces-between but as arrival and
engagements with destinations and spaces-within.
Louise Nicholson Carter, Principal, Skyline Art Services
Susannah J. Hills, Interior Designer, Children's Medical Center

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Solutions Academy Update

On Sunday evening members of our advisory board and other industry thought leaders came together with Loren Chandler, President of Mount Sinai Hospital and COO of Sinai Health System and James Bicak, Director of Sinai Tomorrow for Mount Sinai Hospital. The question that was poised to the group was: How can Sinai Health System of Chicago, Illinois best execute its strategy of extending services – include healthcare, social service, and research capabilities – into our community to move effectively and efficiently serve needs of all individuals? Join us to hear how this discussion developed.


Speakers: Members of the HFSE Advisory Board

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Interface Between Concrete and Flooring Resolved

Moisture mitigation & floor leveling are necessary & critical parts of most projects. Historically, this work has been undertaken late in the construction process, when implementation is very costly, time consuming & disruptive. New approaches now allow such activity to occur in early stages of construction when the building is wide open, implementation is not disruptive to other construction activity- thus reducing costs, improving quality and shortening schedules. Attendees will acquire knowledge to ensure that concrete sub-floors will be as level as needed with minimal disruption to other trades; that slab moisture is mitigated with minimal disruption to other trades or delaying the project schedule; eliminate floor tolerance issues due to placement, finishing or slab curl; perform moisture mitigation & slab leveling at the least costly, most opportune time.


1. Ensure that concrete sub-floors will be as level as needed with minimal disruption to other trades.
2. Ensure that slab moisture is mitigated with minimal disruption to other trades or delaying the project schedule.
3. Eliminate floor tolerance issues due to placement, finishing or slab curl.
4. Perform moisture mitigation and slab leveling at the least costly and most opportune time.

Mike Tracy, Business Development Manager, ARDEX Americas

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
How to Avoid Work Delays, Cost Overruns and Quality Issues
Construction has a less than sterling reputation when it comes to efficiency and cost control. Does that mean constructing a healthcare project is doomed from the start? Constructing healthcare facilities can be challenging, but with proper attention and project controls, there is no reason why even the most complicated healthcare facility canít be constructed on schedule and within budget. This Learning Lounge Session will focus on best practices that development teams should employ to avoid common pitfalls and successfully navigate complex construction projects. Attendees will discuss: Project Delivery System, Budget, Scheduling, As-Built Conditions, Sustainable Construction and BIM
Michael J. Vardaro, Managing Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP