St. Joseph Memorial Hospital EPSS Study and Implementation

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital – Murphysboro, Illinois

This project was an emergency power study to determine the best solution to fix current system limitations and code violations at the 100,000 sq. ft. hospital. Resolving code violations and developing a plan for future redundancy were the main goals for this project. Accurate one-line diagrams were the first effort, as nothing accurate existed. Proper emergency power branch segregation became the primary concern. St Joseph Memorial Hospital was comprised of two emergency power systems, (1) 480V, (1) 208V. Each system served roughly 50% of the hospital. These systems had no connection, with no redundancy, and lacked the three branches of emergency power required by NEC. The final report presented a plan which is currently in construction. This design was tailored to meet the owners concerns with regard to budget, to fix the code violations notes, and allow for future growth and future redundancy.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale EPSS Study and Implementation

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale – Carbondale, Illinois

This project was as emergency power study to determine weak points in the overall emergency power system (EPS), correct code deficiencies regarding EPS branch segregation, develop a master phasing scheme to address the corrections necessary, and assemble a budget/cash flow analysis to support budgeting efforts over the course of two fiscal years. Upon review of the study an implementation project was kicked off to develop bid documents for each phase outlined in the study.  Overall construction costs were $1.8M.  During this effort, there was close coordination with facilities engineering in developing strategies to shift load from the current 208V EPS to the new 480V EPS, further develop a phasing plan, and further develop a cash flow plan in conjunction with final phasing.  The overall scope of this particular project involved the every department in the hospital with regard to power outages.  This included the distribution level and a very detailed individual circuit level. Shutdown, feeder routing, and infection control were the most critical efforts necessary for coordination with facilities engineering.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Surgery and Nursing Expansion

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale – Carbondale, Illinois

A $50M surgery and nursing wing addition designed to provide (3) additional operating rooms, reconstruct all phases of prep and recovery improving patient flow, while building a 3 story addition over the current same day surgery department. This project design effort included evaluation of downtime, phasing, and infection control as three of the most important elements. The project was limited to one off-hour shutdown of the surgery department and no disruption to ICU. Temporary AHU’s, generators, ATS’s were included at key points in the project to nearly eliminate downtime associated with infrastructure upgrades. Design considerations included restructuring emergency distribution from 208V to 480V where possible. This effort helped to gain capacity necessary at key points in the distribution eliminating the need to shutdown various areas of patient care to all new feeders to be installed. Phasing of the one-line drawing was incorporated to show conduit routing, partial feeder installations, terminal blocks, and temporary generator tie-in to better define the scope of work allowing for more consistent bids and pre-construction scheduling efforts. Other difficulties overcome during this particular design included outdated switchgear at several points. Different approaches were used to eliminate replacement of switchgear unless absolutely necessary. Thermo graphic reports were reviewed to verify integrity of some equipment, others required loads shifted elsewhere to allow for new distribution, and others required coordination with manufacturer’s to develop buss extensions to allow for additional switches where overall capacity was not an issue.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Energy Center

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale – Carbondale, Illinois

A $6M cooling and power generation plant was designed to handle the current cooling capacity, the current hospital load, and the future hospital loads expected. The overall system is comprised of (3) 1MW diesel generators, paralleling gear, transfer switches, touch screen controls, and networked annunciation. The primary project goal was to provide for firm capacity of the cooling system today as well as incorporate space and infrastructure for cooling needs expected in the 15-20 year plan. In conjunction with this effort, decisions were made to evaluate the hospital EPS, incorporate the power generation needs for cooling, while sizing a system that could handle the entire hospital needs of today, and handle the needs expected in the 15-20 year plan.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale AHU Replacement

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale – Carbondale, Illinois

McClure replaced 3 air handling units that had been in service well beyond their useful life.  These units served nearly 20% of the hospital including some of the most critical areas, including the Emergency, Imaging and Cardiac Cath departments, laboratory, pediatric wing, pharmacy, and other patient support areas. Installed as part of the original construction of some of the oldest portions of the hospital, these units had been in service in some cases for 50-years or more. The only reason they were allowed to remain in service this long is because they had become landlocked and any plan to replace this equipment involved significant impact to the hospital’s operation. McClure was challenged to develop a plan to replace these units while minimizing the impact to the hospital’s ongoing operations. In what was described by the Owner as a plan that “was akin to open heart surgery while the patient was still conscious”, McClure was able to both conceive and execute their program that exceeded the hospital’s expectations.  The $3.5M dollar project took approximately 8 months to develop and design and another year to execute, but resulted in the installation of four new air handling systems with the only required extended shutdown involving a partial shutdown of the imaging department over a single weekend.

Herrin Hospital 3rd Generator

Herrin Hospital – Herrin, Illinois

A study, followed by a design project, for Herrin Hospital eliminating a single remaining 250kW diesel generator on the West side of the campus, paralleling an additional 400kW diesel generator with 400kW and 300kW units paralleled during a previous expansion project. The existing 250kW generator was quickly approaching end of life at this time, was without any form of redundancy, and served all three required branches of emergency power via a single source of distribution. Branches of EPS consisted of various voltages, single phase, three phase, Delta, Wye, grounded, ungrounded, and corner grounded. In the end all branches were structured to support 277/480V Wye, and 120/208V Wye configurations to be consistent with the remainder of the hospital.

Herrin Hospital Inpatient Expansion

Herrin Hospital – Herrin, Illinois

A 60,000 sq. ft. inpatient addition and renovation increasing the overall hospital to 235,000 sq. ft. This expansion triggered an emergency power upgrade as the existing emergency power system lacked redundancy and capacity necessary. ASCO paralleling gear was incorporated to allow paralleling of an existing 300kW generator with a new 400kW generator. Other than the standard building loads and the calculated expansion loads, the design included future consideration of an additional 400kW generator, and replacement of the existing 300kW generator documented as part of a long term facility master plan. Switchgear arrangement, feeder sizes, and future raceways were included in the design to minimize downtime given the system modifications planned long term.

Parkway Building Electrical Services

Ozark Medical Center – West Plains, Missouri

Provided master planning and some specific designs for electrical power distribution service modifications to a retail facility purchased by the Hospital across the street. Designed and recommended modifications will accommodate anticipated uses of the building as the Hospital relocates functions to this facility.