Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Dedicates New Central Utility Plant
Louisville, Ky.—Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, held a dedication ceremony today to celebrate the completion of a new $16 million Central Utility Plant (CUP). The new facility replaced boilers, chillers and air handling units, which may have been in place for as long as 53 years, with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment.
Harshaw Trane, which managed the construction and served as an energy consultant for the project, estimates the hospital will save approximately $300,000 per year in energy costs as a result of the project.
The CUP also provides flood protection for the hospital’s mechanical systems. Located in the rear of the main hospital, the new plant provides a permanent source of steam, chilled water, hot water and back-up power. The structure is two-stories high and was built above the floodplain.
Additionally, an enclosed mechanical yard was built outside the new plant to house generators, a fuel storage tank, gas meters and cooling towers. A floodwall was built along the south side of the new plant to protect against the possibility of another flood.
“The Central Utility Plant is an investment in the healing ministry of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and the 177,000 south Louisville residents we serve,” said Jim Parobek, president, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “The completion of this extensive project ensures the hospital’s infrastructure is protected and state of the art.”
Plans for the construction of the new plant were first proposed in August 2007. Construction was accelerated in August 2009 after flash flooding hit Louisville and a record-breaking rain placed 16-feet of water in the basement of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, where the facility’s infrastructure was located. It left the facility without an electrical system, communication lines for telephones and computers, air conditioning and steam for hot water. The hospital was subsequently evacuated.
The Central Utility Plant was partially funded through federal and state disaster recovery dollars.
“The Governor and I are thrilled that Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital has upgraded its campus with the latest energy-efficient equipment that will serve it and its patients for years to come,” said Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. “I remember the flooding of 2009 and the damage it did to the city and this hospital. It’s a testament to local, state and federal leaders that we could join together and make this announcement today regarding the future of this remarkable hospital and outstanding community partner.”
“Being able to implement such a large energy-efficient, dollar-saving and contained project is a win-win for Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and the community it serves,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This hospital will be able to withstand natural disasters and continue operations, which is the real bottom line for a full-service hospital facility.”
Partners in the CUP project included Harshaw Trane, FacilityOne, engineers from Staggs & Fisher and the architectural firm Stengel Hill.
“Harshaw Trane and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital have been long-time partners. We were here before the flood when there were facility needs, after the flood when there were critical needs for the community, and today to deliver long-term energy savings and sustainability for the hospital,” said Frank Harshaw, president and CEO, Harshaw Trane.
About Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a 298-bed, full-service hospital, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1874. SMEH offers a full range of vascular, orthopaedic, cardiac, medical imaging, surgical and emergency services, a wound healing center, sleep disorders center and has three medical plazas on campus to provide office space for a wide array of physicians representing a number of specialties. Additionally, SMEH is home to Jewish Bariatric Care, the region’s only weight-loss management program utilizing the Lap-Band® System and The Women’s Center, a state-of-the-art diagnostic facility specifically for women.