One of ten regional HCA Midwest hospitals, Research Medical Center boasts a comprehensive list of services dedicated to improving human life. The hospital hosts 590 beds and 2,700 employees. The current Research Medical Center facility was opened in 1963 and was praised by President Truman as "a great institution for health." In alignment with their vision to be a premier healthcare destination, Research began implementing atheistic and infrastructure improvements.
Henderson Building Solutions was asked to assess the four air handling units that serve the campus' South Tower. The mechanical system serves patient rooms and administrative spaces through two pairs of air handling units. All of the units were at the end of their useful life and needed to be replaced. In order to maintain consistent operation a temporary air handling unit was set and the existing air handling units were replaced one-by-one.
Each unit's replacement included new piping, connecting ductwork and incorporated direct digital controls. In addition to replacing equipment, Henderson also modified the emergency power system to serve the new air handlers.
New code, new system
The fire alarm system serving the hospital was quickly becoming too small to accommodate growth. New code requirements and building reclassification escalated the priority of the this project. Henderson's facility assessment recommended a phased improvement plan to replace damaged equipment and address new code requirements.
The new system replaced all wiring and notification devices. It's controls make it more sophisticated than the previous system. Henderson's field team ensured successful installation and operation before removing the old components. Hospital operation was not impacted by this project and it never lost fire alarm service.