Healthcare Integrated MEP Solutions

| February 26, 2015

McLean Hospital Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Relocation

McLean Hospital’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) suite provides for a dedicated clinical location with state-of-the-art equipment and updated facilities that support patient treatment. The relocation of operations is also part of a larger patient care area expansion and improvement plan.

SCOPE OF WORK:

Fitzemeyer & Tocci provided HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineering design and construction administration services for the relocation of McLean Hospital’s ECT treatment operations.  The ECT suite is being relocated from their existing space in the Admissions Building to a new location in order to make room for a future addition to the Admissions Building.

CHALLENGES:

Available space for infrastructure and equipment was limited.  A new air handling unit and new medical gas system needed to be designed for support of the renovation space.  Electrical services required significant upgrades in order to meet the guidelines of NFPA 70, 99 & 110 and complex architectural ceiling designs required unique aesthetic solutions for airflow and lighting.

THE INTEGRATED SOLUTION:

The Fitzemeyer & Tocci team worked closely with several equipment vendors to address space challenges and develop solutions.

Fitzemeyer & Tocci’s HVAC engineers utilized a modular air handler assembly to design a unit with a vertical, U-shaped airflow tunnel to minimize footprint.  The unit was also located in a rear courtyard where visibility to the nearby main campus quad was minimal.

Through extensive site investigations, our electrical engineers assessed both the needs of facility personnel as well as code requirements so re-purposed and relocated equipment could be more easily identified; the result was minimized impact to facility operations.  Existing and new equipment was also coordinated into new Life Safety, Critical and Equipment EES branches.

Fitzemeyer & Tocci’s plumbing engineers conducted field surveys with the medical gas vendor and facility personnel to locate a new medical vacuum skid in the existing mechanical room. Simultaneously, existing equipment was relocated in order to facilitate maintenance access.

Fitzemeyer & Tocci also worked with Linea 5, Inc., the architectural design team, to provide for airflow and lighting requirements within the unique ceiling arrangement.  Using lighting simulation software and close vendor coordination, the design resulted in a lighting layout that complements ceiling features, meets energy codes, improves patient experience, and improves staff performance.  Adjustable ceiling slot diffusers are used to provide a uniform appearance while maintaining flexibility around the cloud ceiling panels.

All team members were involved in all aspects of planning, ensuring the entire team clearly understood the project direction. This advance planning significantly helped the team stay organized and successfully meet deadlines, as well as keep all stakeholders aware of project progress and direction.

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