2024 MHCEA Spring Conference Speakers

May 14-15, 2024
St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave S
St Cloud, MN 56301

 

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General Session Speakers

Energy Saving Strategies and Energy Code

Justin Thiner, PE, LEED AP BD+C - Partner - Electrical Engineer, Dunham Associates

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FGI Guidelines, What you need to know

Darin May, PE, LEED AP BD+C, FPE - Partner, Mechanical Engineer, Dunham Associates

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Dustin Rehkamp - Market Sector Leader - Healthcare, LEO A DALY

As healthcare market sector leader, Dustin directs a multi-disciplinary team to create successful and effective solutions for health care clients. His experience spans various sectors with complex needs, from healthcare to recreation and corporate campuses.

Dustin has 20 years of experience working with influential healthcare organizations and is skilled at healthcare campus planning and development, project management and client relations. His leadership and technical prowess enhance each project.

Dustin is a co-chair of the MN AIA Government Affairs committee. He is the vice-chair of the ASHE Health Care Decarbonization Task Force. He is on the TCHEA executive committee, WHEA Code Committee, WHEA Sustainability Committee and part of the ASHE Equity and Diversity task force. He has a passion for mentoring the next generation and has been an ACE mentor since 2013.

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Breakout Session Speakers

Longterm Track: Delayed Egress vs Controlled Egress

Gene Jones, AHC - Allegion Healthcare Business Development Leader, Allegion

Gene has over 30 years of experience in the door and hardware industry. He has worked in various roles including distribution, where he worked with healthcare clients and general contractors across the country. Gene is currently responsible for developing the healthcare business within Allegion, supporting market development, as well as working with architectural firms, healthcare systems and Group Purchasing Organizations on various initiatives and projects. He is also an Architectural Hardware Consultant and lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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The possibility of elopement or theft often motivates the use of locking systems that deter passage thru egress doors, but building, fire and life safety code requirements must be met. This course will cover two types of systems used to deter egress, and the code requirements that apply to each. Understanding these systems can help ensure that the correct components are specified and installed, and that the system will be code compliant.

Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish between the delayed egress and controlled egress applications.
  • Properly apply code requirements for fire door assemblies and positive latching to applications with electrified hardware.
  • Differentiate between the two code sections relative to electromagnetic locks, and which release devices are required for each application.
  • Identify delayed egress locks and the applications where doors may be locked in the direction of egress for additional security.
  • Apply the stairwell reentry requirements to doors serving egress stairs, including the various options allowed by NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code and the International Building Code

Hospital Track: Temporary HVAC (what happens when your heating or cooling is compromised

Justin Thiner, PE, LEED AP BD+C - Partner - Electrical Engineer, Dunham Associates

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Longterm Track: Helpful Hints to Have a Compliant Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan in Assisted Living Facilities

Bob Dehler, PE - Engineering Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Mr. Dehler is a professional engineer with over 27 years of engineering experience including over fifteen years at the Minnesota Department of Health. He has managed the engineering program for about the last 9 years.

Bob graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in civil engineering and is a licensed engineer in the state of Minnesota. As the manager of the engineering services section, he is responsible for the plan review and inspections of construction in health care facilities throughout the state of Minnesota. The section enforces licensure requirements of the State of Minnesota and federal certification requirements of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS).

Bob is a member of ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineers), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association and the Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) of The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI).

Bob graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in civil engineering and is a licensed engineer in the state of Minnesota. As the manager of the engineering service section, he is responsible for the review and inspection of construction in healthcare facilities throughout the state of Minnesota. the sections enforced licensure requirements of the state of Minnesota and federal certification requirements of the state of Minnesota and feral certification requirements of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS).

Bob is a member of ASHE, NFPA, and the healthcare guidelines revisioned committee of the Facility Guidelines Institute

Abstract

Bob will talk about the statutory requirements around fire safety and evacuation plans for assisted living facilities. One of the major items of confusion for assisted living facilities is the requirement of the fire safety and evacuation plan. MDH Engineering hopes to clear any confusion with the fire safety and evacuation requirements in this session. We will discuss what we have found on other providers plans and you may find some helpful hints for your facility.

Learning Objectives
  • Review assisted living law and the requirements for fire safety and evacuation plan
  • Discuss what the department of health engineers are looking for on survey
  • Learn what to include and what to not include on your plan
  • Clarify staff and resident training of evacuation procedures

Hospital Track: MDH issues and adoption of FGI for hospitals

Ben Zwart, PE - Health Care Engineer, Minnesota Department of Health

Benjamin Zwart is a Public Health Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Health in their Health Regulation Division, Engineering Services Section. He received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1997 and has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 2002. Mr. Zwart has worked for the Minnesota Department of Health since 2003. He is responsible for plan review and approval of construction plans for health care facilities. He conducts on-site inspections of construction projects to ensure compliance with Life Safety Code and other applicable state and federal rules and standards. He also provides technical assistance to design architects and engineers on issues regarding health care facilities construction.

He has three girls, twins that are 14 and an 17 year old. They tend to keep him on his toes.

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