When is Electric Shock Protection Required and When Should Isolation Power be Utilized?

Patient and personnel safety is critical in the design of operating rooms and other procedure rooms within hospitals and healthcare applications, especially when considering the electrical systems to be installed within these areas. Utilizing isolated power systems and ground fault protection are key design features to protect patients and personnel by mitigating shock hazards within … read more

Harmonics: Understanding a Goblin in Your Electrical System

Many of the potential readers of this blog may have heard the term “harmonics” frequently enough to know it relates to VFDs, but that is possibly where their understanding may end. If you are experiencing mysterious issues (motors experiencing unusually high wear and tear, medical imaging scans with unusually low resolution, a very low power … read more

Encouraging an Ownership Mindset

Ownership Mindset

Fitzemeyer & Tocci has created a new benefit for key personal to encourage an ownership mindset.  We wanted to create an atmosphere where employees feel engaged in the company and not just completing work assignments.  This benefit rewards employees for creation of long-term company value, enhances employee culture, and creates meaningful long-term wealth accumulation opportunities. … read more

Integrated Ceiling Systems for Operating Rooms

integrated ceiling

The design of a hospital operating room is extremely important in providing patients with safe, clean healthcare. Developing sterile air fields in an operating room shortens patient recovery time as well as reducing the likeliness for infection. When designing an operating room, it can be difficult to coordinate between architects, engineers, and contractors. Coordination issues can … read more

Using Building Information Modeling to Control Lifecycle Costs

Building information modeling, or BIM, is a sophisticated technology that enables teams to design and manage projects, as well as operate across disciplines using graphic representations. When incorporated as part of the design and construction processes, BIM enables coordination and seamless communication between the owner, design team, and contractors. Once construction is complete, detailed information … read more

What is an NFPA 241 Plan and Why Do I Need One?

NFPA 241 is the Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations. The fire code in five of the six New England states (MA, NH, VT, ME, RI) is based upon NFPA 1, Fire Code. NFPA 1 requires any structure undergoing construction, alteration, or demolition to comply with NFPA 241 and gives the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) the … read more

The End of the VFD Revolution: What’s Next in Outpatient Healthcare Energy Efficiency

When first introduced, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) were truly revolutionary as the first practical way to take advantage of the energy savings available from variable speed motor operation. For the past 10-20 years, retrofitting constant-speed or two-speed electric induction motors with VFD’s or replacing constant-speed motors with VFD-equipped motors has been a “go-to” energy savings … read more

Extending the use of BIM beyond the construction phase

Building information modeling, or BIM is the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. It is a sophisticated technology that enables teams to design and manage projects, as well as operate across disciplines. BIM BIM dominates the way owners, architects, engineers, and contractor teams work together, but few institutions take advantage of … read more

Taking an Integrated Approach to Utilities Cost Management and Facilities Modernization

Building managers constantly struggle with the age-old conundrum of controlling rising energy costs with limited capital funding and shrinking maintenance budgets and resources, while corporate level mandates to reduce facility energy intensity adds to the challenge.  And for the conscientious facilities manager that has already taken actions over the years to actively reduce their utilities … read more

Integrate Commissioning Into Your Building Project

How can building owners ensure building systems meet expectations and operate with predictable costs? Integrate commissioning from day one—to provide additional expertise, ensure owners’ and occupants’ needs are met, and to build highly efficient building systems that work as designed, at peak performance, and with minimal interruptions or downtime. This guide reviews challenges for building owners … read more