Lakewood Central Utility Plant

Client: Truman Medical Centers
Location: Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell designed a new central heating and cooling plant for Truman Medical Centers' Lakewood Campus. Truman Medical Center was looking for a cost-efficient solution to increase the capacity and reliability of its utility systems. The project design included a new 1,200-ton chiller plant adjacent to the existing facility and the design of three new 300-BHP steam boilers within the existing facility. The total chiller capacity of 1,200 tons is provided by two 600-ton chillers in a variable-primary configuration.

The primary goal for TMC was to significantly increase reliability and efficiency for the thermal loads of the hospital. The chiller plant was designed to replace an aging air-cooled chilled water system. A secondary goal was to supplement the current steam boiler system with a smaller, more efficient boiler used during low steam load conditions — typically during the summer.

Burns & McDonnell partnered with MMC Contractors to determine the best overall cost and scheduling approach. All construction work was phased to allow continuous operations of the hospital's critical functions. Disruptions were scheduled and limited to four-hour blocks. If any system would cause a disruption of longer than four hours, a temporary utility connection was employed to supplement the outage.