While energy-efficient, low-maintenance LED lighting has become the standard for health care facilities, automated control has been limited due to safety concerns in patient-occupied spaces. The design team found a way to introduce these controls at Dell Seton while addressing patient concerns.
“The building management system integrates lighting control, patient tracking, departmental scheduling systems and room occupancy sensors to safely enable automated on/off lighting control and appropriate variable air volume setbacks throughout the medical center,” Grimm said.
The MEP system also provides full metering of energy consumption and natural resource consumption a daily building management system dashboard that reports and displays integrated data trends to facilitate operational performance reviews.
“Dell Seton will review energy trends with the design team to compare operational results against the energy model targets for optimization of the controls,” Grimm said.
To reduce water consumption and enhance site sustainability, the medical center’s MEP system incorporates low-water-use plumbing equipment and an air-handling unit condensate recovery system designed to produce an estimated 3 million gallons of water a year for onsite landscape irrigation.
“As health care organizations come under increasing pressure to improve patient care, outcomes and satisfaction while improving operational performance, sustainability is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” Grimm said. “For the Dell Seton Medical Center, innovative MEP strategies are contributing to sustainability in support of the medical center’s goals for patient care and building performance.”