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Burns & McDonnell designs central utility plant for US hospital

4 June 2010 – Parkland Health & Hospital System has selected Burns & McDonnell to perform an energy analysis and conceptual and detailed design for the mission-critical central utility plant for its new 17-storey hospital in Dallas, Texas, US.
 
The plant will feature 12,000 tonnes of cooling, 110,000 pounds per hour of steam and 20 MW of emergency power to support the hospital and medical office buildings.
 
The new central utility plant will ensure that Parkland’s electricity and utilities are self-sufficient for at least 36 hours in the event of inclement weather or a blackout.
 
Energy efficient measures to be evaluated include heat pump chillers, thermal energy storage and chilled water plant optimization. These measures will optimize energy use and provide redundant, reliable and efficient utilities to the new Parkland campus, says Burns & McDonnell.
 
The $1.2 billion new Parkland campus will include an 860-bed adult inpatient hospital, an outpatient clinic building, an office building, a central utility plant and parking.
 
‘The central utility plant’s energy efficiency will help us obtain LEED (US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification) Silver certification for the new health care campus, which optimizes our resources, saving money both for the hospital and taxpayers,’ said Kurt Dierking, vice president of Facilities Support Services at Parkland.
 
The energy-efficient central utility plant at Parkland is expected to be completed in late 2012, a year and a half prior to the new hospital’s 2014 scheduled completion date.