ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
- Construction Cost: $14 Million
- Services: MEPFP Design, Structural Design, Energy Modeling, Construction Administration, Commissioning, Measurement & Verification, Remote Support Services, Long Range Planning, Retro-Commissioning
- Completion Date: 2015
Bernhard TME provided design, commissioning, and support services for a new $14 million central energy plant for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, ID. The new plant added capacity to the facility to support a new $42.7 million, three-story addition to the existing hospital. Bernhard TME served as the prime firm for this project and coordinated with multiple sub-consultants, including multiple architects, an interior designer, an acoustical engineer, a civil engineer, a geotechnical engineer, and a landscape architect to fully execute the scope of work.
The project was multi-phased to make sure the new plant would be fully operational when connected to the existing hospital facility. The phases included:
1. Design and construction of a new maintenance shop building, relocation of existing maintenance offices, and demolition of existing maintenance shops
2. Design and construction of the new central energy plant and relocation of offices
3. Installation of major central energy plant equipment
4. Connection of the hospital’s existing infrastructure systems to the new central energy plant
The new plant includes three 6,000 MBH heating water boilers, one 200 ton heat pump chiller, one 600 ton chiller, one 250 ton existing relocated chiller, new medium voltage switchgear, and connection to the hospital’s two existing 1250 kW generators. Utilities produced in the new plant connect to the existing hospital through an underground tunnel that penetrates the exterior wall of the existing laundry room.
Bernhard TME also worked with facility leadership to develop a long range plan for infrastructure upgrades. This plan includes upgrades to the hospital’s electrical system, heating water system, and steam system. Bernhard TME has provided design services to execute some components of this plan, including:
• Upgrades to the hospital’s essential power system with two, 2,000 kW generators and paralleling switchgear
• Extension of the 13.2 kV essential power system
• Replacement of the existing steam boiler
The firm also provided retro-commissioning for the hospital’s existing Building Automation System in order to optimize the systems and reduce the hospital’s energy consumption. Bernhard TME provided remote support services and measurement and verification to monitor the plant’s operation and energy savings over time.l increase efficiency and redundancy, by reworking the hospital’s chilled water, heating water and steam systems, as well as decommissioning the existing plant.