2017 Spring Seminar Speakers

Ron CoteRon Coté, P.E.

Lead engineer, life safety, at the National Fire Protection Association – NFPA

Health Care Facility Rehabilitation – applying NFPA 101® Chapter 43 effectively

With CMS enforcing the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code®, rehabilitation projects must be undertaken in accordance with NFPA 101® Chapter 43, Building Rehabilitation. Attend this session to learn how to effectively apply the building rehabilitation requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate among the rehabilitation work categories
  • Apply Chapter 43 rehabilitation requirements commensurate with the scope of the work planned
  • Understand the impact of conducting different categories of rehabilitation work simultaneously
  • Blend the specialized health care requirements for major rehabilitation projects with the requirements of Chapter 43

Ben RobinsonBenjamin J. Robinson, AIA

Registered Architect, Connecticut; member, American Institute of Architects and Construction Specifications Institute; B.A. Architectural Studies, Connecticut College.
Hoffmann Architects, Inc.

Benjamin J. Robinson, AIA, Senior Architect with Hoffmann Architects, oversees building envelope assessments and develops rehabilitation master plans that apply state-of-the-art diagnostic methodology to diverse historic and contemporary building types.

Guide to Campus-Wide Building Envelope Assessment

With data to build a comprehensive facility management strategy, a multi-building assessment guides healthcare engineers in addressing critical conditions while planning for rehabilitation. Tailored to master planning objectives, an effective building envelope study guides restoration efforts, with long-range projections for the best use of resources at different points in time.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply various assessment techniques, including visual observation, material sampling and analysis, invasive probing, and photography, to the identification of existing building envelope systems and conditions.
  • Supplement field observation and testing with existing record consultation and interviews with facilities personnel, to develop complete and accurate documentation of recent repairs, known issues, warranty information, and anticipated remaining lifespan.
  • Organize data into a practical reference document, including photography, drawings, test results, and prioritized recommendations for repair and rehabilitation.
  • In light of facilities management priorities, devise a scope and format tailored to the objectives and building types that provides focused information for long-range allocation and planning.

Dave KeetlyDave Keelty, B.S., CEM, CHFM, CHC

University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center

Dave Keelty, B.S., CEM, CHFM, CHC, has 40 years of experience in health-care facilities management and health-care construction and is currently director of facilities planning and development at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center. He is overseeing the planning, design, and construction of the new Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building, a $187 million initiative for a new inpatient building that has integrated sustainability into the approach for planning and design. Dave serves on the Sustainability Council of UVM Medical Center, a multidisciplinary steering committee charged with oversight of all elements of sustainability programming. He is a certified energy manager with the association of energy engineers and holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont.

Michael PulaskiMichael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C

Thornton Tomasetti

Michael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Associate at Thornton Tomasetti. He has more than 12 years of experience in sustainability consulting, offering sustainability strategies and programming, energy and environmental analysis, and certification management to building owners, design teams, and contractors for new construction and existing structures. He is well-versed in all LEED rating systems, the WELL Building Standard, Living Building Challenge certification, Passive House standards, and various international rating systems. Michael Pulaski is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Emerging Professionals National Committee and has served on the USGBC’s Maine chapter and Upper Northeast Regional Council boards. He is an ambassador for the International Living Future Institute.

Bill RepichowshkyjBill Repichowskyj, AIA, NCARB

Environments for Health (e4h) Architecture

As a partner and design leader for projects, Bill Repichowskyj works with both clients and colleagues in a collaborative approach to optimize thoughtful quality design within established budgets.  With 25 years of experience he has worked both nationally and internationally on a large variety of healthcare project types and sizes.


University of Vermont Medical Center: Approach and Strategy for Sustainable Design and Construction

This session will cover the process and implementation for integrating sustainability and energy efficiency into the University of Vermont Medical Center inpatient bed project, which is anticipated to have half the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of the average building on campus.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about best practices for integrating sustainability into the early design process for healthcare facilities.
  • Attendees will learn about energy analysis tools and methods that can be applied to meeting energy efficiency goals.
  • Attendees will learn about the Targeting 100! initiative.
  • Attendees will learn about critical envelope performance metrics that enable high performance HVAC systems.

Lennon PeakeLennon Peake, Fire Protection Engineer, P.E.

Koffel Associates

Lennon Peake is a manager of Koffel Associates, a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm headquartered in Columbia, Maryland

Complying with Locking Arrangement Requirements of the 2012 Life Safety Code® and 2015 International Building Code

This session will detail the requirements of the 2012 Life Safety Code and 2015 IBC and the differences between the requirements. The session will also discuss in detail the advantages, disadvantages and appropriateness of the different types of locking arrangements and the most common design/installation mistakes associated with each arrangement.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most common mistakes and pitfalls when designing and installing different types of locking arrangements.
  • Review signification locking arrangement code changes in the 2012 Life Safety Code and the 2015 International Building Code since 2000.
  • Apply the information learned in this session to current and future design projects as well as existing facilities.
  • Describe the most appropriate locking arrangement installation for different security needs.