New Greenwood Leflore Hospital Central Utility Plant
Posted by Marketing and Communications
A new $12 million Central Utility Plant is the centerpiece of Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s effort to achieve greater energy efficiency and the resulting benefits of lower operating costs, greater comfort and improved air quality for patients and employees. This 18-month project to rebuild the Central Utility Plant originally installed when the hospital was built in 1949 is now complete. While some of the original components have undergone upgrades and routine repairs and maintenance through the years, much of the equipment had reached the end of its useful life.
A Certificate of Need was submitted to the Mississippi State Department of Health in May of 2011 identifying the issues throughout the building that were in need of repair. The proposal was approved in November 2011, and Corbett Legge and Associates of Tupelo was selected as the project engineer; Upchurch Construction won the bid and was retained as the general contractor. Legge and Associates’ designs for the plant’s core included replacing boilers, chillers, and pumps. New electrical main switch gear and additional emergency generators were installed to provide emergency power to the central plant and the majority of the hospital.
The new emergency generators located just outside of the Central Utility Plant entrance on Strong Avenue are the most visible part of the upgrade. These generators are expected to reliably support the Hospital for many years to come. Fifteen new air handlers were installed throughout a significant portion of the facility to improve the interior environment. Greenwood Leflore Hospital patients, employees, and visitors will now breathe 40% more outside air, which is provided through air conditioned filtration with new economizers and a fully automated building maintenance system.
The new equipment is substantially more efficient and is anticipated to lower utility consumption by at least 30%. There have already been recognized energy savings that will begin to significantly offset the cost of the improvements.
In the future, secondary systems throughout the hospital will be scheduled for replacement including patient room thermostats and electrical sub panels, all of which will contribute to more efficient operations and patient comfort.
Printed: Hospital rebuilding utility plant, The Greenwood Commonwealth, Monday, July1, 2013; page 9