Project Showcase: University of Chicago Ophthalmology Clinic

RTM is providing MEP/FP engineering design services for the multi-phase expansion and renovation of the Ophthalmology Clinic within the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) at The University of Chicago. The existing 12,000-square-foot space, located on the first floor, is comprised of about half clinic space and half administrative support spaces. In order for the…

Commissioning

Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning in Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities are complex structures containing distinct and diverse spaces – each with its own set of challenges and requirements. A hospital, for example, typically contains offices, patient rooms, imaging facilities, laboratories, operating rooms, laundries, and cafeterias. Every area must be kept safe and hygienic, meeting rigorous standards that are both labor- and energy-intensive. Because…

Residential building

Meeting Ventilation Requirements in High-Rise Residential Buildings

RTM Engineering Consultants proactively designs efficient and innovative mechanical systems, and our engineers work diligently to satisfy both energy goals for building owners and comfort requirements for building occupants. Our mechanical team leverages a broad range of experiences in all aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and energy efficiency. Proper ventilation is essential in residential…

New Guide Alert: Download our latest guide to learn about the dangers of arc flash hazards & how to protect workers

In today’s safety conscious environment, there is growing concern and increased discussion regarding arc flash hazards. An arc flash event can expel large amounts of deadly energy in the form of a super-heated ball of gas, with arc flash temperatures reaching as high as 35 thousand degrees Fahrenheit. Without proper precautions, it can have deadly…

Improving Patient Experience through Hospital Design and Planning

According to a report by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), patient experience is heavily influenced by three factors: a caring staff, patient-centered operations and a well-designed facility. Results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey have helped to show that improved patient experience…

Electrical Codes & Standards Within Healthcare

RTM Engineering Consultants has an expansive healthcare portfolio. Whether it is understanding varying codes from state to state, working within existing conditions, or accommodating the specific needs of hospital staff, we understand and meet the unique challenges of each healthcare client. Because RTM recognizes the impact every design decision has on patient care, the facility,…

Managing Emergency Power in Mixed Occupancy Healthcare Facilities

RTM Engineering Consultants has significant experience in healthcare design, encompassing more than 500 projects across 20 different states. RTM takes into account factors, such as local codes and facility constraints, to provide cost-efficient engineering solutions that increase staff and patient satisfaction. A growing trend within the healthcare industry is the use of mixed occupancies in…

Nurse Call Systems: Improving Mobilization of Caregivers & Bolstering Patient Satisfaction

Nurse call systems are all designed to improve caregiver response times, which allow patients to get the help they need faster. Health facilities can customize emergency communication systems to meet their unique needs—for the convenience of caregivers and patients, clients can choose how staff can receive alerts, whether it’s via a medical paging system, email,…

RTM Authored Article Published by Prestigious American Hospital Association Publication, Health Facilities Management

An RTM Engineering Consultants authored article was published in a recent issue of Health Facilities Management (HFM) magazine. The “Planning and Maintaining Hospital Air Isolation Rooms” article details design considerations of isolation rooms. To minimize the spread of airborne infections, certain rooms within a hospital are designed as airborne infectious isolation (AII) rooms with negative-pressure…