boiler plant reliability
boiler plant reliability
boiler plant reliability

UF Health Boiler Plant Reliability

When UF Health began experiencing boiler plant reliability issues, McKim & Creed replaced a steam boiler and restored reliability and the N+1 redundancy that healthcare steam plants require.

The issues at the central utility plant (CUP) boiler plant indicated that condensate return piping (including steam traps) and condensate return pumps needed either repair or replacement. Investigating the system revealed that one 400-BHP steam boiler needed to be replaced. (The total plant size is 1,200 BHP serving reheat and sterilization process.)

By replacing the boiler and integrating the new boiler in the steam plant controls system, UF Health fully restored reliability and the N+1 redundancy that healthcare steam plants require to serve the needs of the hospital.

In addition to replacing the 400-BHP boiler, McKim & Creed also replaced the central plant deaerator tank controls and associated feedwater pumps and controls. McKim & Creed incorporated a new stack economizer that saves energy for the entire healthcare campus and upgraded and relocated the aged pressure relief valves (PRVs). These modifications improved long-term maintenance and access to the valves while maintaining stable, reliable steam pressure for the steam system.

Due to improved condensate system return upgrades and repairs, the load dropped approximately 30 percent.