2018 Spring Seminar Speakers


2012 Life Safety Code – Staying in Compliance with the New Rules

In this session, a thorough review of the code will be presented including actual cases where hospitals faced challenges understanding the code and achieving compliance. New projects and existing nonconforming conditions will both be reviewed.

JACA will present recent project experiences and regulatory challenges including how compliance was obtained while Phil will provide an understanding of how to approach a project and offer the AHJ view on projects are considered when reviewed. Projects such as a multi-floor and building-phased renovation project at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, a fit-out project at BID Plymouth, and a building addition for a Hybrid Operating Room will be reviewed as case studies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Thorough understanding of how the separated approach to code compliance can save money.
  2. Clear and concise review of the new and expanded health care suite options now available to hospitals.
  3. Explanation and review of controversial changes in the new JC/CMS requirements.
  4. Review of changes related to hospital projects in NFPA 2012 including a question and answer segment for attendees.

Philip Jose, PE CSP
Owner, Private Code Consulting Company
Phil Jose runs an active consulting business specializing in Fire Protection Engineering, Life Safety and Joint Commission SOC update services. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Safety Professional and an Executive Level Healthcare Safety Professional.



Matthew Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP
JACA Architects
Matthew Bluette is a healthcare architect with over 20 years of experience working on a wide range of projects with numerous healthcare institutions in Massachusetts. A member of the American College of Healthcare Architects and American Institute of Certified Planners Matt brings a depth of knowledge in successfully implementing projects in a wide range of intuitional settings.



Peter Leszczak
PSL Engineering
Peter Lesczcak is a fire protection engineer with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare.



Best Practices for Transforming Physical Environment Compliance

With siloed information systems, disjointed communications and limited budgets, the notion of increasingly strict compliance regulations looms over the future of healthcare. In this presentation, attendees will learn best practices for transforming the compliance process using digital tools and methodologies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover strategies and tools that reduce the amount of time and resources dedicated to compliance activities.
  2. Learn best practices for implementing new processes and tools into your organization.
  3. Achieve a simplified workflow for self-audits, accreditation audits, ongoing training, and more.
  4. Discover new, quantified trends related to information management in a healthcare setting.

Todd Moore
Todd Moore is the National Director of Facilities for ARC.




Building on Success: Continuous Learning through Successive Renovations

This session will address how having a clear vision & desire to continuously learn creates a deliberate & strategic approach to unit planning & outcomes. We will share the learning framework and strategies that are positively impacting ongoing work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize methods for analysis of current state and development of countermeasures as a means for making informed design decisions.
  2. Research the most current strategies for reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) in patient care environments.
  3. Assess techniques for reducing post-occupancy rework through technology adaptable solutions.
  4. Summarize the framework of a post occupancy review, identifying techniques for creating a continuous improvement of “Plan-Do-Check-Act”.

Robert Raymond, AIA, LEED AP
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Robert Raymond served as the Senior Architect/Planner at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the past 20 years and is currently a healthcare planning consultant assisting hospitals in planning capital projects.



Alison Faecher, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, EDAC
Alison Faecher is TRO’s interior design practice leader. With over 25 years of experience in healthcare, Alison’s work spans from inpatient care to outpatient specialties including Ambulatory Care and Specialty Centers.



Andrew Brumbach, AIA, EDAC
As a Senior Architect at TRO, Andrew Brumbach oversees all phases of healthcare projects. He is currently working on multiple projects at Brigham and Women’s Hospital including renovations to their Patient Bed Tower.



Test Your Code Knowledge

This session will review requirements of the International Building Code, NFPA 101 2012 & 2018 and NFPA 101 2012 reference Codes and Standards using interactive polling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® and International Building Code requirements which are often overlooked in design of health care occupancies.
  2. Identify requirements of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® 2012 and International Building Code 2018 edition where the codes have different requirements related to health care.
  3. Identify requirements of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® 2015 and 2018 editions which can be used as justification for requesting equivalencies.
  4. Review Codes and Standards referenced by NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® 2012 such as NFPA 10, NFPA 13, NFPA 72, NFPA 99.

William Koffel, PE, FSFPE
Koffel Associates
Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates, a fire protection and life safety engineering design and consulting firm, recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards.



Lennon Peake, PE, SASHE
Koffel Associates
Lennon Peake is Director of Healthcare Surveys and Assessments for Koffel Associates, serves as an ASHE Code Advocacy Liaison and subject matter expert for Just Ask ASHE