Saving Energy and Improving the Healthcare Environment: A Case Study

A collaborative effort between JB&B Engineers and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center answers all the questions on adiabatic humidification application and maximizing the newest ASHRAE 170 Standards.

On Demand Until October 17, 2020

Duration:60 minutes


Adiabatic humidification systems have opened up a whole new way of saving energy, and making buildings more efficient and comfortable. Moving to new technologies can give many of us pause and fear from the unknown. Having key partners in the process can really help move the project along successfully. The New York City based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)  introduced adiabatic humidification into their new Clinical Laboratory Medicine building in 2017, and again in its newest Outpatient Ambulatory Care Center just finishing construction

MSKCC and JB&B will discuss the design approach, challenges and benefits to this technology. Overcoming the challenges together opened up the doors for significant cost saving benefits contributing to a highly efficient building.

Here are four key learning points that you can expect to learn from this webinar:

  • Understand the decision-making process that went behind changing technologies. Adiabatic humidification was new to the health care marketplace and now included in the ASHRAE 170 guidelines.
  • Review and understand the ideal mechanical footprint as well as within the air handling units that can service an entire healthcare institution. Identify challenges and solutions.
  • Understand the "cooling effect" and the energy reductions that can be expected when introducing this technology.
  • Review the numbers from the case study that were used in the decision making process with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman, PE, HFDP, LEED AP
Director of Facilities Engineering Design + Construction

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Steven is senior facilities management spearheading the engineering department for facilities design + construction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, overseeing a multimillion-dollar capital program for its five million plus square feet of hospital, research and clinical laboratories as well as New York/New Jersey regional healthcare real estate. He brings more than 30 years of engineering and construction experience with a focus on implementing proper healthcare design standards, energy efficiency and construction delivery to ensure patient safety and comfort.

He has designed systems for numerous world-class institutions throughout the Northeast and is the first New York state engineer certified as a Healthcare Facility Design Professional, recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for his mastery of the technical knowledge covering design and operation of healthcare facilities. Locally, he has served on the Board of Governors for the Long Island Chapter of ASHRAE since 2000, finishing his active duty as President in 2008-2009.Nationally, with a continuous dedication to engineering & healthcare, Steven is an active member of the ASHRAE Standard 170 committee (Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities), technical committee member of ASHRAE TC 9.6 (Healthcare Facilities Handbook)and corresponding member of ASHRAE Standard 189.3 committee (Sustainable High Performance Healthcare Facilities)

Steven is a licensed professional engineer, a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Christopher J. Prochner

Christopher J. Prochner, PE, LEED AP | Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Christopher Prochner has been a Partner at JB&B, one of New York City’s premier consulting engineering firms, since 2005, and has been the leader of the firm’s healthcare division for the past 12 years, growing, developing and guiding a 40-member team spanning all trades. Mr. Prochner has worked with some of New York’s most renowned and respected medical centers and research facilities, where he has particularly established himself as a key player in campus master planning efforts. He was instrumental in the post-Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts for several major medical facilities, and has been at the vanguard in creating awareness of the need for robust, redundant and resilient systems. He has set the healthcare division’s focus on implementing cutting-edge technologies to provide buildable, maintainable and scalable systems while improving both the patient environment and the patient experience, enabling a more interactive, empowered hospital stay.

Mr. Prochner is a licensed Professional Engineer, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and an AEE Certified Energy Auditor. He also serves as co-chair of the New York Building Congress’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Committee.

John P. Koch

John P. Koch, PE | Associate Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles

John Koch serves as an Associate Partner at JB&B, one of the New York City’s premier consulting engineering firms, and has worked as an Electrical Engineer on a wide variety of projects spanning multiple industry sectors, including life sciences, building infrastructure upgrades, commercial office, healthcare and financial. As part of JB&B’s healthcare team, he has extensive experience with existing healthcare campuses such as NYU Langone Health with projects that include the new Kimmel Pavilion, Smilow Research Center, campus master planning and infrastructure upgrades, and various laboratory renovations. In addition, Mr. Koch has experience with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s main hospital inpatient neurology renovation and the new David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care.

Mr. Koch is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the U.S. Green Building Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.



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