September 26, 2023

Opened in April 2022, the Kids’s Hospital of New Orleans’ 34-phase campus renovation and growth elevated the hospital’s footprint by 235,000 sq. toes. The mission included a renovated and expanded emergency division (ED), new behavioral well being ED, expanded cardiac intensive care unit (C-ICU), and 600-car parking construction.

As a part of the campus transformation in New Orleans, the mission group additionally centered on offering a contemporary central utility plant (CUP). Among the many objectives had been to raised assist the expanded and modernized facility in addition to workers members.

Previous to the mission, the present four-story CUP didn’t have an elevator for employees to entry the totally different flooring and the tools was combined all through, says Vince M. Rea, operations supervisor at TLC Engineering Solutions (New Orleans). The agency supplied the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fireplace safety, and expertise providers on the mission.

Moreover, Rea says proprietor Louisiana Kids’s Medical Middle Well being was keen on a design that supported redundancy and resiliency. These objectives had been pushed by the hospital’s location close to a financial institution of the Mississippi River, which experiences flooding, in addition to its dwelling in North Louisiana, which is vulnerable to hurricanes.

To deal with these issues, the mission group determined to design the brand new CUP with tools grouped collectively logically on the 4 flooring. Additionally they put in an elevator to offer workers with simpler entry to the totally different flooring. “It’s a small factor, but it surely actually made a distinction to the employees,” he says.

The mills are positioned on the very best flooring to maintain them out of areas that would doubtlessly flood; the third ground homes chiller tools; and boilers and water tools are on the second stage. The primary ground is designed as a contamination space for a mass occasion. The house will be cleaned and washed out with out impacting CUP tools or hospital operations, Rea says.

For extra on the Kids’s Hospital of New Orleans modernization mission, take a look at the article, “The Right Note,” in Healthcare Design’s December concern.

Anne DiNardo is govt editor at Healthcare Design journal. She will be reached at