Reducing Patient Readmissions Through Lighting

Healthcare facilities are always striving to provide the best care for their patients. Part of that goal is to prevent current patients from having to return after being discharged due to an infection. Lighting systems within healthcare facilities should be designed with the reduction in the number of HAI’s in mind. Through new technologies utilizing either Ultraviolet or Visible Spectrum lighting, air-borne and surface dwelling pathogens can be killed regardless of whether or not a room is occupied.

Introduction to Infrastructure Design for Reduced Patient Readmissions

Don’t Just Stop It, Eliminate It High-efficiency filtration has always been a part of clinical and cleanroom airflow design. The benefits, which can include reduced patient infection rates, improved manufacturing defect rates, more consistent research environments, and many others, are obvious. Controlling airborne contaminant levels is a non-negotiable element in the engineering of a regulated … read more

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement Within the Building Design Industry

In my earlier blog titled Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed continuous improvement as one of the key principals.  This principal drives innovative solutions through the never-ending quest to be better today than we were yesterday.  It is important to think incremental.  Don’t let best be the enemy of better … read more

Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code

Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code The 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code is now in force. The code is based upon the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). The previous edition of the building code was based upon the 2009 IBC. An important new addition to the 2015 IBC is Section 915, … read more

Laboratory Design and Certification; Three Critical Criteria

Safety is the first design criterion when designing a laboratory and this document will help provide options and resources for stakeholder decision making. Ventilation, Fume Hood Certification and Maximum Allowable Quantity Evaluations are just a few of the major safety considerations during the design process that the Guide addresses. Every laboratory must be evaluated individually, … read more

What the Building Design Industry Should Know About Lean A3 Problem Solving

In my earlier blog, Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed the need to understand your objectives to serve as your roadmap for meaningful lean integration with your clients, project partners, firm and employees.  At Fitzemeyer & Tocci the Lean objectives of A3 Thinking are used to generate innovative solutions to complex … read more

Shielding: An Effective Piece of Armor in the Battle for Power Quality


In combination with correct grounding for the application, proper shielding can help prevent data corruption and even the limit the possibility of harmonics reaching portions of an electrical system. However, the biggest benefit of shielding is the reduction of Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) or “noise” in an electrical system. Noise can be just as disruptive … read more