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Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children

The 72,000 sf expansion, designed to expand Children’s Health System of Alabama’s current campus, is located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The new hospital facility consists of a 12-story hospital building and a remote central utility plant.

Courtesy Blake Marvin/HKS

The hospital building includes private adolescent inpatient rooms, surgical services, a pharmacy, cath labs, CICU, NICU, respiratory therapy, hemotology/oncology, burn units, PICU, stem cell and emergency services.

The central utility plant is remotely located one block north of the new facility, connected to the hospital with an underground utility pathway. The CUP includes a 700 bhp central heating water plant to serve the facilities’ heating and domestic hot water needs. A 6,000-ton chilled water plant utilizing centrifugal chillers and an 800-ton heat pump chiller which provides unique heat recovery features and a variable-primary pumping scheme provides cooling service to the campus’ central station air handling units. Contained within the CUP are three two-megawatt emergencystand by diesel engine generators, with space for a future fourth two-megawatt unit.

This project was delivered using a modified IPD method with the contracting and design teams sharing full BIM models on an ongoing basis. MEP design and construction documents were produced in Revit.

Energy savings projections for the facility and CEP are estimated to be $650,000 per year and water savings at over 5,000,000 gallons per year through the use of the heat pump.