New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) operates inpatient and ambulatory care at four main facilities, which include dozens of existing buildings and many more utility dependent neighboring facilities. The existing buildings were constructed as early as 1892 and as recently as 2004. This project represents one of the single largest endeavors for RMF, utilizing nearly 100 different employees, over the course of 2 years. The key was to organize the individual efforts into one seamless, unified force which was accomplished by close internal communications.
The concept of the Renewal Program was to integrate the forward looking requirements of renovation and new construction activities with the need to replace worn out, unsafe, or obsolete equipment over a multi-year implementation period.
RMF collected data for over 6,000 equipment pieces were entered for analysis and summarization covering building systems (HVAC, plumbing, fire alarm) as well as utility infrastructure. Information was documented for all infrastructure systems into CAD to use in operation and maintenance of building systems. In addition, an electronic ACCESS database was compiled for equipment items with photos and unique data such as size, age, condition, remaining life, and area of service. This database used identifiers to cross reference over 500 CAD plans of the Hospitals showing equipment locations.
The condition assessment covered building systems (HVAC, plumbing, fire alarm) as well as utility infrastructure (25,000+ tons of steam and electric chillers, 1 million+ pounds per hour of high pressure steam boilers, and two miles of utility tunnels.)
- Documented the mechanical and electrical systems into CAD files.
- Bringing the buildings and utility systems into a state of competitive energy efficiency and low carbon impact was a key objective.
- Sustainable features such as cogeneration were factored into the master plan for two of the largest campuses.
- Demanded side management strategies, such as thermal ice storage and steam turbine driven chilling, were economically justified.