The New CHP Energy Center consisted of upgrading the additional boiler plant with a new 800 HP boiler and feedwater system to serve the future hospital addition. A 3.5MW Combustion Turbine Generator was installed with a natural gas compressor and heat recovery boiler. The heat recovery boiler was sized for the increased load as well as the infrastructure to support the larger loads. To increase the chilled water generation capacity and provide a chiller that could operate in the event of loss of power, a 1,000 ton steam turbine chiller was also included. This was partnered with not only a new cooling tower for the new chiller, but towers for the existing chillers. There is also a new emergency generator plant that serves the future load of the hospital and will allow for demolition of the older emergency generators.
The Vista Infrastructure Award is awarded by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association to recognize teamwork, communication, and overall excellence in the development of healthcare environments. Lancaster General Health, in partnership with PWI Engineering, Benchmark Construction, and Cornerstone Design Architects was able to complete the 31,404 sq. ft., $28.4 million in infrastructure expansion while maintaining operations without any interruption. Upon completion, the Energy Center was able to fulfill the growing needs of the community while lowering the cost of utilities, improving their reliability, and reducing its environmental impact. Read more here.
“The Hospital just marked its 125th-anniversary last year, and throughout our history, we have always focused on improving our quality and efficiency. Our new Energy Center not only brings us to new levels of engineering achievement to support this goal but positions us for a future of greater energy reliability and sustainability, at a lower cost.” - Jan L. Bergen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health