After 17 years leading healthcare-focused engineering teams, Kimberly Cowman was elevated in 2019 to her current role as National Director of Engineering at Leo A Daly. In this role, she had the opportunity to pursue her career-long passion and professional mission to increase awareness and adoption of sustainability and high-performance design in healthcare and beyond. .
She believes that healthcare not only has an opportunity, but also a responsibility to transform how its buildings operate and become a leader in creating more sustainable and healthier places.
“As designers, we have a direct impact not just on the climate-related outcomes of communities, but on the health outcomes of the people who occupy healthcare facilities,” she says.
For example, in 2021 Cowman helped form Leo A Daly’s Design Integration Group (DIG), which strives to advance an integrated design program focused on high-performance building outcomes. The group’s efforts include benchmarking across sectors, including two major hospital projects: Tulsa Veterans’ Hospital (VHiT) in Tulsa, Okla., and St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Okla. Integrated design workshops, which included representatives from across the design team and various design disciplines, were convened for each of these projects to identify performance objective targets, such as power intensity (EUI), and to find design strategies that could lead to a more efficient design.
This effort included considerations for thermal comfort, connection to the site community, natural lighting opportunities, and indoor air quality, among others. By striving to develop a design culture around interdisciplinary solutions, Cowman believes the industry can make greater strides towards achieving goals of energy conservation, lower carbon emissions and indoor environments. healthier.
During this time, she frequently offers her knowledge to advance the industry through publications, speaking engagements, and more. His recent work includes the white paper “Increasing Indoor Humidity to Reduce the Spread of Pathogens,” which pioneers new approaches in building design to slow the spread of COVID-19 and others. airborne pathogens, as well as outreach efforts to advance Energy Star adoption. certification in health facilities.
Cowman promotes Energy Star certification in healthcare facilities to target a facility’s operational energy impact and focus on finding efficiency opportunities throughout the life of a building.
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