Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE
Fire Protection
85,000 SF -1.3M SF


Nemours (duPont) Hospital is one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric health systems caring for over 250,000 children each year.  

Bala provided MEP/FP engineering services for this hospital's new 85,00 SF surgical services unit.  The unit was constructed in five phases to minimize construction impact on the fully occupied facility in Wilmington, DE. The project provided the hospital seven new operating rooms, four special procedure rooms, pre-op testing and induction rooms and a post anesthesia care unit suite. 


Bala provided full engineering services for the replacement of the hospital’s building automation system, fire alarm system and security access systems. Installation for the 1.2 million square feet project was executed one smoke zone at a time to allow full commissioning of each area prior to beginning construction in the next area.

This work was completed without interrupting occupancy of the building by maintaining two separate parallel BAS and FAS systems until the final system changeovers could take place. The project also entailed the full replacement of the facility’s domestic hot water system, medical gas and vacuum pump systems and the fuel oil storage and distribution systems.