Every year, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) hosts a seminar and expo to provide industry professionals with updates on the latest trends and requirements in healthcare construction. Held at the newly renovated Disney Coronado Springs Resort on October 17-19, APG sent a group of estimators, project managers, engineers, and business developers to benefit from group discussions and classes related to this year’s theme: Be Prepared! This theme was chosen in response to the unprecedented events of the past year and a half and aimed to highlight the importance of being prepared for unexpected emergencies. Many of those who attended benefitted from educational seminar sessions that focused on “Planning for Emergencies in the Design and Construction of Health Facilities.”
APG was well represented at the event and heard the latest on construction trends, technical updates, and upcoming code changes for AHCA reviewed/inspected facilities. Constantly improving our skills and taking in new knowledge helps us to maintain our position as Tampa Bay’s go-to healthcare facilities contractor. While an APG booth displayed pictures of our latest projects, hundreds of visitors stopped by to discuss upcoming work and where the industry is headed. We also had exceptional opportunities to network and connect with general contractors, product vendors, and facilities managers. As the expo floor bustled with activity, nearby conference rooms hosted educational breakout sessions that were attended by our engineers and several of our project superintendents. One of these seminars was even led by APG Life Safety Manager BJ Klingensmith! These exciting seminars prepared attendees to envision how healthcare environments will change in the near future and to anticipate the evolving needs of some of our largest clients. We made the most of our opportunity to explain to designers and owner representatives how beneficial the APG approach to design-build can be on their projects. Our ability to provide in-house MEPFT engineering services and then actually build what we’ve designed is truly unique, and we were proud to get the word out about how successful this approach can be.
The AHCA trade show gave us a fantastic opportunity to sharpen our skills, make new contacts, and pave the way for future work. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!