When Mercy Health needed a new central utility plant (CUP) to serve the interim hospital in Joplin, Missouri, after a devastating tornado, it called Burns & McDonnell. The schedule was set to have the new facility operational 16 weeks after the project was awarded. We succeeded through fast-track design and procurement packages for all of the major equipment.
The project included heating, cooling, domestic hot water and medical gas systems, as well as primary and emergency electrical systems. Early procurement packages were provided for major equipment, including emergency generators, transfer switches, switchgear, medical gas equipment and boilers.
Early design packages were created for the foundation systems, underground utilities and building shell to allow these time-critical construction activities to advance while the interior systems and equipment installation packages were designed. The project successfully delivered primary power, medical gasses, natural gas, and domestic hot and cold water from the CUP to the hospital on time and on budget. Site work completion came shortly after the activation of the CUP.