July 29, 2020

Architectural Record: How Texas Health Systems Are Responding to COVID Surge

Architectural Record has published a new piece including commentary from Paul Kondrat, co-director of our engineering practice, that looks at how Texas health systems are modifying their facilities and systems to deal with COVID-19.

Paul shares insight on how health systems should strategically modify their systems to ensure positive outcomes and optimal environments for patients and staff.

Specifically, Paul ” warns healthcare facilities about higher levels of exhaust on extreme temperature days and cautions about possible negative consequences of modifications, like increased energy consumption and the potential for mold. He also advises clients to carefully regulate increased outdoor air and exhaust so that they still maintain proper conditions within the healthcare facility while creating environments that control infections.”

The article also highlights how the University of Texas Medical Branch accelerated construction of a patient tower expansion on its League City campus to increase possible capacity for COVID-19 patients across the state. We published a Q+A article with UTMB’s Jaclyn Whelan (Manager, Hospital Operations and Health System Special Projects) and Tarek Thomas (Program Director for Capital Projects) about the League City project acceleration earlier this year.

Both our Health and Engineering teams continue to consult with health systems across the country on their pandemic response including engineering systems updates, new testing products like COVID Shield and using simulation modeling to reactivate facilities.

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