Project

Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville
Central Energy Plant

Project Location

Pineville, NC

Industries

Central Energy Plants, Healthcare

Square Footage

22,000

Schedule Duration

19 months

Awards

  • ASHE 2016 Vista Award

Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville Central Energy Plant

Scope

  • Central Energy Plant (CEP) with three 350 horsepower Firetube boilers, each capable of producing over 14 million BTU/hour; four 1,000-ton Trane chillers paired with four EVAPCO cooling towers; 5KV emergency power system consisting of four 2,000KW CAT 3516C generators, ENCORP and Siemans paralleling switchgear, seven Russ electric automatic transfer switches, and remote PLCs

  • Two 35,000-gallon underground fuel oil tanks serve the boilers and generators. All system controls are monitored by a SCADA system that can be viewed locally and remotely. Some control capabilities also exist, as the new CEP is planned to be unmanned at most times

  • Chilled water and steam services travel over 850 feet in double-walled Perma Pipe 15 feet underground to a tunnel constructed at the face of the hospital; all existing hot water and steam systems were replaced

Highlights

  • Two of the chillers are equipped with a factory-installed Free Cooling System that conserves energy during the cold winter months

  • CHS facility managers at the main campus in Charlotte are equipped with additional computers and monitors to control and monitor the Pineville CEP

Challenges

  • Located 1,200 feet from the main hospital, the CEP needed to be designed to accommodate growth

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