Client: Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Project Completion: 2009
- Civil Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
For nearly 10 years, PDC has been providing the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with civil, structural, and electrical engineering services to support their ongoing expansion program. As the hospital has expanded, we have designed approximately 144,000 sf of additional space for many functionally different departments.
Outpatient Imaging Center: New 35,600 sf imaging facility for the hospital that won a first place award for design from the American Hospital Engineers Association in 2008. This two-story building with partial basement has a dramatic lobby and was designed for the challenging arctic environment. All of the heavy imaging equipment is on the first level, with CAT scans and doctors’ offices on the second. Design and construction occurred on a fast-track schedule. 2008 Vista Award recipient by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
Boiler/Laundry/Trash Addition: After 30 years of growth, the hospital had outgrown its support and maintenance infrastructure, and in 2007 FMH began an ambitious expansion. This extremely complex project encompassed 28,000 SF and houses a myriad of mechanical and maintenance equipment. Four new 700 hp boilers and new controls for the entire central plant were added, along with a 30,000-gallon fuel tank farm. All of this was accomplished while the hospital maintained operations. 2009 Vista Award recipient by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
Emergency Generator Addition: PDC completed an evaluation and report that recommended a new generator project to provide a 480 volt, 5,000 amp generator paralleling switchgear supporting three 1,500 kW generators. It also called for a new 15 kV campus distribution switchgear for a new hospital-owned 12,470/7,200 volt underground distribution system. Following the report, PDC designed all of the systems involved in the project on a fast-track schedule. This project was presented to the American Hospital Engineers Association in 2009 and won first prize in the Infrastructure division.
Emergency Department: 27,000 sf addition for the Emergency Department, including all of the diagnostic and operating spaces along with a new enclosed ambulance bay. The second floor contains all of the mechanical and electrical equipment. The structure was designed as a Special Moment Resisting Frame in conformance with the recently published AISC design guidelines for seismic structures. This was the first structure in Alaska designed under these guidelines.