Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Heapy Engineering is designing the Mechanical-Electrical and Technology systems for the three-floor expansion atop the existing Hospital. The project will expand and vertically integrate the existing NICU, PICU, Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology Oncology services into newly constructed and renovation spaces. The NICU will consist of a 44 bed unit and related support space, located in approximately 39,000 SF of new construction. PICU/Peds will consist of a 36 bed unit and related support space, located in approximately 7,000 SF of renovated space.
Central Utility Plant:
The Hospital wanted to replace its aging chillers with four new 900 ton chillers and associated cooling towers. Heapy Engineering identified that Memorial Hospital is built on an underground aquifer and developed the strategy of installing 3600 tons of chillers using the aquifer for rejecting the heat instead of using cooling towers. This innovative geothermal system not only saves energy, make up water and chemical treatment, it also reduces the need for site impacts associated with the size and shape of the central plant addition to support the cooling towers. Other benefits include the elimination of potential cooling tower noise issues for the neighbors as well as issues that could be associated with the plume of water vapor from the cooling towers. This strategy has a 2.5 year payback for Memorial Hospital.