Ambulatory Care and Outpatient Clinic
IMEG is providing engineering design and services, as well as construction administration support, for a new ambulatory care & outpatient clinic on UW Health’s East Campus. This six-story building is laid out to host an ambulatory health facility on levels 1 and 2 that includes public spaces, circulation, support and building services, radiation oncology, imaging, infusion, administration, and education facilities. Levels 3 and above are dedicated to supporting a variety of adult multi-specialty outpatient clinics. The building geometry is arranged in two towers – a north and south tower, with an attached parking structure and additional surface parking for approximately 2,060 vehicles.
The project is set to be completed using Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery, requiring a commitment of the entire design and planning team to achieve the fast-track schedule. Throughout schematic design, week-long meetings were held each month to refine the owners’ needs and develop individual department space programs. As part of these workshops, IMEG provided engineering-led meetings to summarize decisions made during the user group meetings and to facilitate detailed engineering system decisions. As the project progressed through design development, weekly owner, architect, and contractor meetings were held to discuss design progression, system selections, and value analysis cost control measures to maintain the project budget.
Sustainable designs, with an emphasis on LEED certification, Energy Star certification, and WELL v2 goals, were established early on. To achieve these goals, IMEG incorporated a variety of sustainable design features, including an optimized façade, high-efficiency water-cooled chillers, dry cooler for winter chilled water load, condensing boilers, in-floor radiant heat along the perimeter, and more. The facility is designed to achieve 15% energy savings and 30% water savings.
The building will be served by 13 variable volume rooftop air handling units with a total of 570,000 CFM of capacity. Specialty exhaust systems will be provided for the various laboratories, pharmacies, and hoods throughout the facility. The building will be heated by a central hot water heating system, including six 6,000 MBH high efficiency hot water boilers. Cooling will be provided by a central chilled water system that includes two 900-ton water-cooled chillers, four 450-ton cooling towers, a 275-ton air-cooled chiller, and a 275-ton dry cooler. Medical gas systems will be provided as required by the operational needs of the facility as well.
The building will be served by two 3000-amp electrical services, each rated at 480Y/277V 3-phase 4-wire, with one serving each of the two towers. Distributed satellite electrical rooms will
be stacked on each floor and located throughout to provide segregation of lighting, receptacle, and mechanical loads. Two 1500 KW emergency generators were also specified with on-board digital paralleling. An electronic power monitoring system will be provided on distribution equipment to track receptacle, lighting, motor, fan, and miscellaneous loads separately per the LEED Measurement and Verification credit. Designs also feature two 100 KW centralized flywheel UPS systems to serve the building IT and security needs.
Technology designs include provisions for outside plant fiber connection to the existing campus network, structured cabling system for telephone and data, wireless access points, real
time location system, distributed antenna system, nurse call, paging and sound masking, access control system, and video surveillance system. Acoustical design provided calculations and recommendations for Room Absorption (NRC), Barrier (STC) for separation, isolation and privacy between rooms, and Reflection (RT60) for critical areas.
Designs for the building were completed through DD according to the owner’s project schedule. Unfortunately, all work was temporarily put on hold in mid-2020. UW Health anticipates resuming the project in September 2020 and finalizing construction documents, beginning construction shortly thereafter. The ambulatory care & outpatient clinic is scheduled to open its doors to the public in 2023.