The mechanical room location required work at the epicenter of the hospital with sensitive operations adjacent on all sides. Since the boiler plant generated the majority of the hospital’s power and could never be shut down, the team worked in carefully planned phases to install the new 235-foot tall double wall steel stack with new breechings. A 500 ton hydraulic crane was used to place two new 750-ton chillers and the 7,000-GPM cooling tower over existing buildings and atop the existing plant. Crane picks were scheduled over weekends to ensure minimal disruption to the hospital operating rooms located directly below.
Contract Amount: $9,000,000
Total Project Value: $16,000,000
Construction Manager: Walsh Brothers, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Flak + Kurtz
Facility Size: 400,000 sq. ft.
Location: Providence, RI
Highlights / Achievements
235-foot tall double wall steel stack with new breechings
2 new 750-ton chillers
7,000 GPM cooling tower
500-ton hydraulic crane enabled installations at hospital’s epicenter
Working adjacent to sensitive operations on all sides
Phased schedule ensured no disruption to hospital power
2005 AGC Build New England Award
2006 AGC Build RI Award
Installation of new boiler and chiller plant systems have generated considerable efficiency gains for the hospital, including the utilization of surplus low-pressure steam from the turbine generation plant; a resource which would have otherwise gone unused.