At the heart of every hospital is a boiler. Running virtually nonstop, hospital boilers produce the steam that heats, humidifies and sterilizes the facility and generates the hot water that supports domestic uses, laundry, and kitchen activities.
So, when this hospital lost the use of its #4 boiler, it was a big deal. The McKim & Creed team was called in to address the loss of boiler #4 and the advanced age of boilers #2 and #3. Our mission was to furnish the highest and best-value solution to satisfy the needs of the facility and provide required redundancy while keeping an eye toward future expansion.
Our mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers determined that boiler #4 needed to be replaced with two new boilers and that the existing boiler plant—which houses boilers #1, #2 and #3—was well past its service life and should be decommissioned. The replacement featured N+ 1 redundancy to account for future failure or maintenance and provided room for future expansion. During construction a temporary boiler was necessary to maintain redundancy. Those temporary boiler connections remained post-construction as an added measure of backup and flexibility.