The HCD 10: Kimberly Cowman, Constructing Skilled

After 17 years main engineering groups centered on healthcare, in 2019 Kimberly Cowman was elevated to her present place as nationwide director of engineering at Leo A Daly. On this position, she’s had the chance to additional pursue her career-long ardour {and professional} mission for growing consciousness and adoption of sustainability and high-performance design in healthcare and past.

She believes healthcare has not solely a chance however a duty to rework the way in which its buildings function and grow to be a pacesetter in creating extra sustainable and more healthy locations.

“As designers, now we have a direct influence not simply on the climate-related outcomes of communities, however on the well being outcomes of the individuals who occupy healthcare services,” she says.

For instance, in 2021, Cowman helped type Leo A Daly’s firmwide Design Integration Group (DIG), which strives to advance an built-in design agenda centered on high-performance constructing outcomes. The group’s efforts embody benchmarking throughout sectors, together with two main hospital tasks: Veterans Hospital in Tulsa (VHiT) in Tulsa, Okla., and St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Okla. Built-in design workshops, which included representatives from throughout all the design staff and ranging design disciplines, had been introduced collectively for every of those tasks to establish efficiency purpose targets, akin to for power use depth (EUI), and to seek out design methods that would end in a greater performing design.

That effort included concerns for thermal consolation, website group connection, daylighting alternatives, and indoor air high quality, amongst others. By working to develop a design tradition round cross-disciplinary options, Cowman believes the trade could make bigger strides towards reaching targets concerning power conservation, carbon discount, and more healthy indoor environments.

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In the meantime, she ceaselessly presents her information to advance the trade by way of publications, talking engagements, and extra. Her current work contains the whitepaper “Elevating indoor humidity to cut back the unfold of pathogens,” which pioneers new approaches in constructing design to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19 and different airborne pathogens, in addition to outreach efforts to advance the adoption of Power Star certification in healthcare services.

Cowman encourages Power Star certification in healthcare services to focus on the operational power influence of a facility and concentrate on discovering effectivity alternatives by way of the lifetime of a constructing’s operation.

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