Welcome to
The Health & Wellness Channel

At Newcomb & Boyd, we make building health and wellness a priority. We welcome you to “The Health & Wellness Channel”, where you can find information about our healthy building consulting services, as well as research, articles, and presentations that are focused on building health and wellness.

Health & Wellness Recognition Programs

Our Health & Wellness team will help guide our clients through healthy building recognition programs, making the certification process seamless and straightforward.

What sets us apart:

Our integrated team includes consultants and licensed professional engineers that will provide the technical expertise necessary to provide technical guidance, suggestions, and documentation that contribute to achievement of healthy building certifications and standards.


Our consulting practice is focused on providing value to our clients beyond certification. Indoor Air Quality assessments, retro-commissioning, and intelligent building consulting are just some of the services we can provide.

Occupant satisfaction has a significant impact on a building’s true cost

Learn more about achieving health & wellness in the workplace and how Newcomb & Boyd guides you to certification.

COVID-19 Response

As a result of the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic, organizations like WELL, Fitwel, and RESET each developed a subsidiary framework that addresses health and wellbeing as it relates to the spread of contagious diseases within buildings.




The WELL Health-Safety Rating (WELL HSR) and Fitwel Viral Response Module (Fitwel VRM) provide annual, third-party certification of policies and practices to mitigate the spread of contagious diseases within buildings. These evidence-based rating systems have very low capital cost and are largely focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans. They can be implemented and reviewed quickly (when compared to the full rating systems), allowing project owners to more quickly market achievement of the certification.

What sets us apart:

Our consultants and licensed professional engineers can perform assessments, calculations, and engineering consulting that contributes toward achievement of WELL Health-Safety Rating and Fitwel Viral Response Module certifications, eliminating the need for outside consultants and providing a more integrated and seamless certification process. Value add services for these rating systems are identified in the table.

Ventilation System Assessment

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Air Treatment Inventory

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Air Treatment Assessment

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Humidity Control Strategy Recommendations

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Legionella Management Plan Development

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Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Consulting

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Recommendations for Hands-Free Operation

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WELL and Fitwel Certifications

Our WELL APs and Fitwel Ambassadors can help guide our clients through these rating systems. This is done alongside our team of technical experts who can provide technical guidance, design services, and documentation necessary to achieve several WELL and Fitwel strategies

• Calculations and design for HVAC related requirements, like ventilation design and assessments, and enhanced supply air and filtration

• Thermal comfort design and analysis

• Lighting design

• Electric light glare control and quality

• Daylighting design strategies

• Occupant lighting control

• The acoustical atmosphere can have a big impact on the occupant experience. The proper acoustical environment can help employees focus, provide speech privacy, limit stress-inducing noise, control background noise, and even help spaces feel more active. For WELL credits, our acoustical consultants can provide the calculations and recommendations to direct the design to meet the sound related goals and develop documentation for certification.

• Air quality monitoring design and product recommendations

• Occupant environmental controls (lighting, thermal comfort, etc.)

• Environmental measures display

• Mobile application integration

 

• Daylighting analysis and simulation

• Evaluation of energy impacts

• Integration of renewable energy

 

RESET AIR

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RESET Air is a continuous monitoring and communication standard for indoor air quality targeting human health. To achieve RESET certification, we will team our sustainability, health & wellness, and intelligent buildings specialists to help you assess the performance of your built environment, empower you to make improvements and communicate to occupants that their daily environment is actively monitored. Our team will:

Videos

The WELL Health-Safety Seal

Places Matter for Human Health

Resource Library

The Team

Partner

Todd Mowinski, II, PE

With more than 19 years of experience in mechanical engineering design, project management, and partner-in-charge responsibilities on more than 130 facilities, Todd has particular expertise in the areas of academia, medical facilities, and laboratories. He has presented at international conferences on sustainability in HVAC design and has also published on the topic.

Todd holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and is a LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction. He is an Associate of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), as well as a member of the International Living Future Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). Todd was named a Partner in 2016.

Featured Projects
GT Living BuildingThe Living Building – Georgia Institute of Technology
UT Mossman BuildingKen and Blaire Mossman Building – University of Tennessee
GT EBB - interior-labEngineered Biosystems Building – Georgia Institute of Technology
Gulf State Park LodgeLodge and Meeting Space – Gulf State Park
Colony Square RenovationColony Square Renovation
Publications

“Innovative Design Strategies for Vivarium HVAC Systems,” ALN magazine, January/February 2005

“Greening Vivarium HVAC Systems,” ALN magazine, March 2009

Director, Energy and Sustainability

Brendan Gardes, PE, CEM

Brendan strives to understand the client and their core business needs, provide optimal sustainable solutions, and meet project timelines. As a member of the City of Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board, he is an advocate of advancing sustainability within his community. Brendan has 18 years of experience in mechanical systems design and project management with a focus on sustainability and optimization. To further this effort, he has received multiple certifications from leading industry organizations focused on energy use and sustainable practices.

As Director of Energy and Sustainability, Brendan leads the Energy and Sustainability Group to achieve our clients’ energy and sustainability targets while working collaboratively throughout the process to improve upon those targets to achieve even greater success.

Brendan holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) by the Association of Energy Engineers; a Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) by the Association of Energy Engineers/International Ground Source Heat Pump Association; a Certified Vertical Loop Installer (VI) by the Association of Energy Engineers/International Ground Source Heat Pump Association; and a Certified High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) by ASHRAE. Brendan holds memberships in Southface; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE); the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA); and the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter (USGBC).

Featured Projects
Georgia Tech Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable DesignThe Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design – Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Maryland Residence Hall and Dining FacilityResidence Hall and Dining Facility – University of Maryland
Emory Healthcare Winship at MidtownWinship at Midtown – Emory Healthcare
The Lodge at Gulf State ParkThe Lodge at Gulf State Park
Agnes Scott College Rebekah Scott Hall RenovationRebekah Scott Hall Renovation – Agnes Scott College
Publications

“Smart Building Systems Help Maintain the Sustainable Edge of an Award Winning Laboratory,” ASHRAE Annual Conference – Papers, June 2016

t:404.730.8548

e:bgardes@newcomb-boyd.com

Associate | Energy and Sustainability Engineer

Danna Richey, PE, WELL AP

With more than 10 years of experience consulting on sustainable and energy efficient buildings, Danna is knowledgeable in energy modeling, measurement and verification strategies, integrated design, and commissioning. In addition to her experience with healthcare, mixed-use, and office buildings, she is a Fitwel Ambassador and proficient in the requirements for LEED certification and ASHRAE Standards. She is an expert in helping projects reach their sustainability goal. Danna had the distinct honor of being selected as one of Engineered Systems Magazine’s Top 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC in 2020.

Danna is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, WELL Accredited Professional, RESET Air Accredited Professional, Fitwel Ambassador, and a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional. Additionally, Danna holds memberships with The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE).

Featured Projects
Duke Health MSRB IIIMedical Sciences Research Building III – Duke Health
Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse - Northeast Corner Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation DistrictCreativity and Innovation District – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Savannah US Courthouse AnnexTomochichi Courthouse Annex
Auburn University The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts CenterThe Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center – Auburn University

t:404.730.8563

e:drichey@newcomb-boyd.com

Partner | Mechanical Engineer

Adam Bare, PE

Adam enjoys being kept on his toes by the challenging, ever-changing dimensions of the A/E/C industry and appreciates the opportunities he has to form close relationships with coworkers and peers. Through listening to the needs of clients and owners, keeping an eye on the big picture, and maintaining open communication, Adam provides sound advice and delivers on his promises.

With more than 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering design and project management, Adam is skilled in the complexities of HVAC system planning and design, with an emphasis on health care and academic facilities. Adam holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master of Business Administration in Electronic Commerce from Georgia State University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and serves as a Voting Member for the ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems as well as Chair of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Classification Subcommittee. Adam is also an associate for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE). He was named a Partner in 2017.

Featured Projects
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Patient Tower RoomPatient Tower Expansion – Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
University of Miami Lennar Foundation Medical CenterThe Lennar Foundation Medical Center – University of Miami
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Mangurian BuildingMangurian Building – Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Georgia Tech Clough CommonsClough Commons – Georgia Institute of Technology
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center - Exterior and HallwayHollings Cancer Center – Medical University of South Carolina
Publications

“Pressurization Strategies for Biocontainment,” R&D 2007 Laboratory Design Handbook, November 2006

“Complying With USP 797: Designing Hospital Pharmacy HVAC Systems,” ASHRAE Journal, February 2007

t:404.730.8448

e:abare@newcomb-boyd.com

Associate Partner | Mechanical Engineer

Brett Gilbert, PE

Brett has 14 years of experience in project management, plumbing engineering design, and mechanical engineering design for commercial and institutional projects. He has been responsible for the plumbing design of more than 120 projects. Brett has presented and been published on the topic of the complexities of plumbing design in laboratory spaces and has significant experience with healthcare, aviation and governmental facilities. When designing mechanical systems for our Clients, Brett’s first consideration is to understand the motivation behind the project. He believes in developing creative, solution-oriented designs that address the concerns of Owners and building users.

Brett is a graduate of Georgia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree as well as a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Additionally, he is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Featured Projects
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Mangurian BuildingMangurian Building – Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
UGA Center for Molecular Medicine Center for Molecular Medicine – University of Georgia
Chick-Fil-A Various ProjectsChick-Fil-A – Various Projects
GT EBB - interior-labEngineered Biosystems Building – Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Partner | Acoustical Consultant

Jessica Clements, INCE-USA

Jessica has 16 years of experience in architectural acoustics, sound isolation, theatre design, mechanical system noise and vibration control, and acoustical testing. She has particular expertise in the fields of hospitality, higher education, healthcare, and religious facilities, having responsibility for more than 140 projects.

Jessica is a graduate of Georgia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics, as well as a Master of Science in Building Sciences, Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, Technical Committee on Noise Control (TCNoise); Acoustical Society of America, Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA); Acoustical Society of America (ASA); Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE); and a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC).

Through designs that combine acoustic and aesthetic concepts, Jessica creates atmospheres that enhance communication and form a functional, beautiful space.

Featured Projects
Church Health CenterChurch Health Center
Dollywood’s DreamMore ResortDollywood’s DreamMore Resort
Athens High SchoolAthens High School
BCG Nexus Office AcousticsBCG Nexus Office Acoustics
RTI International Headquarters Building Audio-Visual and AcousticsRTI International Headquarters Building Audio-Visual and Acoustics
Associate Partner | Intelligent Building Consultant

Max Shirley, RCDD, RESET Air AP

As part of the Special Technologies Group, Max’s work focuses on communications systems design and intelligent building spaces. He enjoys the opportunity for growth in collecting and using data to inform and optimize as it applies to the building and facility management industry.

With 18 years of experience in communications engineering design and project management of commercial and institutional facilities, Max has been responsible for more than 130 projects and is conversant in the range of special technologies engineering. Max has noteworthy experience in the communications design of academic facilities, health care buildings, museums, military command and control facilities, aviation, and performing arts centers.

Max is a graduate of Georgia Tech and holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He’s a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), a RESET Air Accredited Professional, and holds various memberships with AVIXA, Certified Audio-Visual Solutions Provider, Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), and the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA).

Featured Projects
UGA Science Learning Center - ExteriorScience Learning Center – University of Georgia
University of Georgia Correll Hall Study RoomCorrell Hall – University of Georgia
NFCU Heritage Oaks Campus Expansion, Phase 1Heritage Oaks Campus Expansion, Buildings 5 and 6, Parking Deck 2, and CEP 2 – Navy Federal Credit Union
Shaw Air Force Base ARCENT Third Army HeadquartersARCENT Third Army Headquarters Building – Shaw Air Force Base
Young Harris College Rollins Campus ExteriorRollins Campus Center – Young Harris College

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