Due to an aging emergency power system that had no redundancy or enough fuel storage, Hafer designed a new emergency power addition and distribution system to accommodate the hospital’s current and future needs. The new power plant included:
• Three 2.25 MW generators
• Two 25,000 gallon underground fuel storage tanks
• 24 transfer switches
Since Deaconess Midtown Hospital is a Level 2 Trauma Center, it is crucial that the power distribution systems be reliable as well as easily maintainable. The new design provides redundancy of generators and distribution transformers. The entire chiller plant as well as the entire hospital’s normal power distribution can be fed from the emergency power distribution system.
Hafer met the challenges that came with this project which included creating space to house this new equipment on a condensed medical campus, as well as phasing this project to minimize disruptions to adjacent areas while keeping the hospital in operation. Hafer also wrote the operation manuals to aid the hospital in developing policy and procedures.