Named as one of the, “Best Regional Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a teaching hospital specializing in geriatrics, renal care, diabetes and rehabilitation services. Bala provided MEP/FP engineering design services for the emergency power system upgrades, as well as the new Emergency Department addition.
This project consisted of adding 90,000 SF of space across four floors. The first floor of the building is occupied by a new Emergency Department, which included dedicated areas for pediatric emergency care, isolation/psychiatric rooms and a quick response ER department. The second floor is for occupational therapy, physical therapy and a Good Health Center and the two additional floors consist of in-patient bedroom units with support areas.
EMERGENCY POWER UPGRADES
Bala was the prime consultant for the major emergency power upgrade project. Bala performed a study of the existing hospital emergency power system to document the existing conditions and determine existing loads on each branch/automatic transfer switch, as well as to plan for future emergency power needs. After the study was completed, a multi-stage master plan was developed.
As part of the master plan, Bala designed a building addition to house two generators and generator paralleling switchgear suitable for paralleling up to four 1500 kW generator units. One 1500 kW generator was installed with wiring routed through a concrete cable trough in the floor of the new generator addition for installation of the paralleling switchgear. The existing 1,000kW generator was retained to serve the hospital’s O’Neill Building, which houses the emergency department, outpatient clinics, and three inpatient units.