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Construction Impacts on a Healthcare Facility - Issues and Solutions

John Alberico, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc.

Building construction can have an enormous direct and indirect impact on the local environment, especially on existing facilities adjacent to the construction site. Fugitive dust from construction activities and vehicle emissions can infiltrate into existing buildings, resulting in poor indoor air quality that may be a nuisance or more seriously threaten the health of workers and occupants, and compromise experiments. The importance of dust on air quality has been recognized by LEED, which requires a dust control plan for LEED-NC certification.

Noise and vibration impacts are also associated with construction activities. High levels of noise or vibration may reduce the comfort of occupants, disrupt the operation and performance of vibration sensitive procedures (e.g. production, research, imaging), and damage vibration-sensitive equipment in nearby laboratory buildings.

Attention to these environmental impacts during construction leads to a safer and more comfortable environment for these workers and occupants. This poster will outline in detail the environmental issues relating to construction activities, namely: fugitive dust, diesel odors from heavy equipment, environmental noise, and vibration.

Also presented will be typical mitigative strategies for minimizing the environmental impacts at laboratories located adjacent or close to construction activities.

The major lessons learned from this poster will be:

  • Identify several different environmental impacts that may occur at existing laboratories due to construction activities occurring nearby.
  • Outline different methodologies used to quantify environmental impacts and develop mitigative strategies.
  • Present typical mitigative measures used to minimize the impact of construction activities on existing laboratories.

Biography:

John Alberico is a project director specializing in air quality assessments. He joined Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc. (RWDI) in 1988, and became a principal in 2004. As a project director, he provides overall technical direction to engineering teams on air quality and emission inventory projects ensuring that a high level of service is provided and RWDI’s interests are preserved on all projects.

John’s area of technical expertise is in exhaust and dust dispersion, which has included involvement in several hundred projects providing expert consultation, and conducting both numerical and wind tunnel modeling. His primary focus has been in the healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical sectors. His involvement in many of these projects has included environmental impact assessments and certificates of approval.

John has also managed engineering teams that have provided air quality, odour, dust, ventilation, noise, acoustic, and vibration assessments for a broad range of applications on local, national and international projects. These have included pits and quarries, landfills, composting facilities, roadways, residential developments, and industrial facilities in addition to healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical facilities.

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