New Parkland Hospital central utility plant design win
New Parkland Hospital central utility plant design win
New Parkland Hospital central utility plant design win
05/27/2010 2 minute read

Burns & McDonnell to perform energy analysis and conceptual and detailed design for a mission-critical central utility plant in Dallas.

DALLAS — For its new 17-story, approximately 2.5 million-square-foot hospital in Dallas, Parkland Health & Hospital System selected Burns & McDonnell to perform an energy analysis and conceptual and detailed design for the mission-critical central utility plant. The plant will feature 12,000 tons of cooling, 110,000 pounds-per-hour of steam and 20 megawatts of emergency power to support 2.5 million-square-feet of hospital and medical office buildings. Energy-efficient measures to be evaluated include heat pump chillers, thermal energy storage, chilled water plant optimization and other energy-saving measures. These measures will optimize energy use and provide redundant, reliable and efficient utilities to the new Parkland campus.

"We selected Burns & McDonnell because of its energy-efficiency strategies and cost-saving techniques," says Kurt Dierking, vice president of facilities support services at Parkland. "The central utility plant's energy efficiency will help us obtain LEED® (U.S Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification) Silver certification for the new health care campus, which optimizes our resources, saving money both for the hospital and taxpayers."

The $1.2 billion new Parkland campus will include an 862-bed adult inpatient hospital, an outpatient clinic building, an office building, a central utility plant and parking.

"As a Level 1 Trauma Center and a leading burn treatment center for North Texas, Parkland must have dependable, cost-efficient power to support life-saving care," says Louis Saksen, AIA, FHFI, vice president of facilities planning and development at Parkland. "The new, energy-efficient central utility plant will ensure that Parkland's electricity and utilities are self-sufficient for at least 36 hours in the event of inclement weather or a blackout. With the central utility plant, we will be able to continue operations and give patients the care they need."

For the central utility plant design, Burns & McDonnell will exceed the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) subcontractor requirement with approximately 35 percent of the central utility plant design performed by M/WBE partners — Multatech, KAI Texas and Jaster-Quintanilla. Hartman Company will also be a subcontractor on the central utility plant design.


The energy-efficient central utility plant at Parkland is expected to be completed in late 2012, a year and a half prior to the new hospital's 2014 scheduled completion date.

About Parkland Health & Hospital System

Parkland Health & Hospital System is dedicated to the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to its care. It has been named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

About Burns & McDonnell

As the only firm in Engineering News-Record's top 100 to receive the honor of the PSMJ (Professional Services Management Journal) 2009 Premier Award for Client Satisfaction, Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad from more than 20 offices throughout the U.S. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned by its 3,000 professionals and ranks 22nd in Engineering News-Record's 2010 Top 500 Design Firms and 95th in Engineering News-Record's 2010 Top 400 Contractors. Burns & McDonnell is an industry leader in several Engineering News-Record categories including power, and Texas Monthly named Burns & McDonnell one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas in both 2009 and 2010.

At the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Burns & McDonnell provided engineering, procurement and construction management services for the expansion of Thermal Energy Corp.'s district energy plant with a combined heat and power (CHP) system as part of the initial phase of the central plant master plan. When completed in 2014, this expansion will provide 100 MW of on-site power generation, 80,000 tons of chilled water, 152,000 ton-hours of chilled water storage and 540,000 pounds-per-hour of heat recovery steam generation to 75 percent of the facilities at the Texas Medical Center. This on-site CHP system will double the operating efficiency of the existing plant, as compared to the plant being fed from the grid; significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and improve the security, reliability and emergency operation capacity of the utility infrastructure serving the world's largest medical center.


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