METHODIST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
- Size: 440,000 Square Feet
- Construction Cost: $280 Million
- Services: MEPFP Design, Building Information Modeling, Construction Administration
- Completion Date: 2019
Bernhard TME is currently providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design services for a new 440,000 square foot addition and renovation to Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. As part of the project, Bernhard TME is providing services for upgrades and additions to the existing central energy plant to increase capacity to serve a new patient tower.
The central energy plant upgrade includes the addition of a 1,400-ton chiller, a cooling tower, and two, diesel engine generators for essential power. A hydraulic model indicated that the additions to the plant will require new chilled water piping to be trenched across city streets to serve the facility. The project also required rerouting of existing overhead power lines several blocks. Bernhard TME coordinated with the hospital, utility companies, the city of Memphis, and Shelby County to ensure the feasibility of the design and construction phases.
Bernhard TME provided design for the necessary distribution system expansions of chilled water, heating water, steam, and electricity from the central plant to serve the new addition. The new facility will house state-of-the-art treatment equipment and was designed in accordance with stringent code requirements and considerations for humidity levels. Additional chilled water pumps and heat exchangers are included in the design specifically to serve medical equipment loads. The design includes space for additional equipment to serve planned MRI expansions. In addition to two essential power generators, four automatic transfer switches serve individual branches and equipment. The electrical system allows for future increase of 15% of the electrical load without a need for new electrical service entrance.
The hospital expansion project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and includes the following energy efficient features:
• Variable air volume air distribution system
• Occupied/unoccupied cooling and heating setpoint resets through programmed schedules
• Variable volume chilled water and heating water distribution system
• All LED based lighting design for interior and exterior lighting
• Plumbing systems include low flow water fixtures and water meters to monitor consumption
• Fully integrated direct digital controls with building automation system graphics that include live sequence of operation diagrams that are updated with real-time operational data