BES709 - Hospital Building Systems

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-08-28 16:20:44.434
Last review date 2018-08-28 16:20:44.435

Subject Title
Hospital Building Systems

Subject Description
This subject covers systems associated specifically with hospital buildings with their unique requirements and regulations.  Operation and maintenance of hospital building systems (including the required fire safety systems) are covered, as well as ways to respond to irregularities. 

Credit Status
One elective credit in the Building Environmental Systems (BES) Operator Class I Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe a basic hospital organization flow chart.

2. Identify the major means of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems used in a hospital.

3. Describe the operation of steam sterilization and vacuum equipment.

4. Determine appropriate responses to irregularities in the operation of all systems.

5. Discuss approaches to the monitoring of medical gas systems in hospitals.

6. Describe safe methods of chemical storage.

7. Describe hospital accreditation requirements and procedures..

8.  Identify hospital fire safety system, fire drills and record-keeping requirements.

9. Describe the maintenance and building controls required to ensure an effective, energy efficient, safe, environmentally responsible hospital  building operation.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

BES700, BES701, BES702, BES703, BES704, BES705, BES706  

Topic Outline
Hospital Administration

  • Hospital Administrative Structure
  • Hospital Accreditation
  • Hospitals' Impact on Community

Water Supply Systems
  • Code Requirements 
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Distilled Water

Chemical Storage
  • Storage Facilities
  • Special Exhaust Systems 
  • Fume Hoods

Indoor Air Quality
  • IAQ as it relates to Hospitals
  • HVAC Requirements
  • IAQ Procedures for Surgical Suites, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Isolation Rooms

Fire and Life Safety
  • Safety Systems
  • Fire Alarm Procedure
  • Hospital Emergency Codes

  • Significance of Sterilization
  • Types of Sterilizers

Medical Gasses
  • Medical Gas Systems
  • Bottled Gasses and Colour Codes
  • Standby Gas Manifold

Electrical Systems
  • Emergency Power Sources
  • Uninterruptible Power Systems

Waste Management
  • Identify the Various Waste Associated with Hospitals
  • Procedures for Handling and Disposing of Various Waste

Mode of Instruction
Traditional Classroom
Lectures, discussions in the classroom, video 

Independent learning with tutor support.  Instructor will contact you by email. 

Prescribed Texts
BES 709 Hospital Building Systems (Revised), Seneca College, ISBN #: 0-00011-711-B. Available from the Seneca Bookstore.

Correspondence students, your text fee is included and your text will be shipped to you.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written projects should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late projects are penalized. Please obtain standards, dates and additional information from your instructor.

While attendance is not a formal part of the evaluation process, absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve a satisfactory grade, as there is no formal provision for make-up tests or projects you may miss.

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined projects and tests during the term.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. They are available at Seneca Registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Projects 20%
Midterms 40%
Finals 40%

Correspondence and Online
Project 1              30%
Project 2              30%
Final                      40%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle