enginnering project

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital was the first LEED Certified hospital in the nation, achieving LEED Silver in 2004.

SBEC is the Mechanical Engineer of Record for the new 60-bed full service hospital, which was the first hospital in the nation to achieve LEED (Silver). Sustainability and patient comfort were achieved through the thoughtful design of the mechanical and electrical systems and selection of equipment and materials, which ultimately resulted in a sustainable healing environment.

The three-story, 200,000 GSF facility has a 24-hour emergency department, intensive care unit, surgery, infection isolation rooms, radiology and laboratory services. Maternity care and pediatrics are major components of the campus.

In addition, two medical office buildings were designed and constructed to adjoin the hospital in 2004 and 2006.

SBEC’s mechanical design scope of work consisted of the following:

  • Emergency room with decontamination area
  • Standalone power plant with underground full-size man-way pipe tunnel
  • 400-ton centrifugal chilled water plant
  • Variable speed pumping for chilled water & building heating hot water systems
  • Roof mounted custom air handlers
  • VFD’s used for building supply, return air fans and cooling tower fans
  • Variable air volume (VAV) and CV air handling systems
  • Laminar airflow, HEPA air filtration & humidification to all O.R., LDRP and ICU areas
  • DDC temperature control
  • Redundant 400 BHP duel fuel steam boilers
  • Primary/secondary hot water heating and chilled water systems
  • Underground fuel oil storage and distribution system
  • Atrium pressurization and smoke control
  • Steam system serving humidifiers, kitchen equipment and autoclaves
  • Kitchen grease waste and interceptor and dishwasher exhaust systems
  • High and low pressure domestic water systems
  • Acid waste and neutralization system
  • Medical Gas Systems: Nitrogen, Oxygen, Nitrous Oxide, Vacuum & Medical Air
Area:200,000 GSF
Leed Certification:Silver