Getting the most out of buildings—cost, speed to market, sustainability, user experience, wellness, and more—is the focus of “The Buildings Conference 2023” sponsored by BuiltWorlds. ESD President Kurt Karnatz joins a panel of professional peers as part of the two-day event starting May 18 in Chicago. (Learn more about BuiltWorlds conference.)
Like other buildings, government buildings are not immune to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. On occasion, they need to be transformed from their original purpose.
Randy Ehret explained how ESD helped convert three halls in the McCormick Place convention center – which is owned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, a creation of the Illinois government – into a COVID-19 alternative patient care facility in “Best Practices for Designing Government Buildings” during an MEP Roundtable for Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine. He explained how the ESD team modified the ventilation system so it could perform in negative-pressure mode and still meet temperature requirements, among other accomplishments that were forged while meeting an extremely tight deadline.