Project Description

Project Details


The project scope of work included a new campus infrastructure master plan which incorporated a full evaluation of the existing underground steam distribution system, including the pump condensate return system.

WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is presently served by a central steam plant which was constructed in the 1960’s.  Since the plant and equipment have exceeded their useful lives, a new central boiler plant consisting of (2) 500 BHP water tube boilers and (1) relocated 400 BHP fire tube boiler with space allocated for a future 300 BHP water tube boiler is being designed.  All boilers will be dual fuel natural gas/fuel oil.  The facility will be fully backed-up with a new diesel fuel emergency generator.  Stand by fuel tanks will be provided on-site for (10) days of normal operations following a utility interruption.   The boiler plant will be constructed adjacent to the existing boiler plant and the existing plant will be decommissioned.

This project included approximately 500 feet of exterior overhead steam and condensate return piping. The new steam distribution system will connect to the existing in the basement of existing water plant.  The facility design also incorporates a new fully redundant PLC controls system for boiler burner control, make-up water, and steam boiler control.  System status is displayed on a graphics-based 42” touch screen monitor located within full view of boilers and the firing aisle.

The project incorporates the new energy control center (ECC).  The ECC design includes monitoring of all critical energy management, emergency generators, medical gas system, pneumatic tube system and fire alarm systems.  Power transfer from emergency source is provided using closed transition bypass isolation automatic transfer switches.

Project Size:  11,736 SF

Project Cost:  $9,400,000