Dupont Hospital, FORT WAYNE, IN
Havel, along with its parent company Shambaugh & Son—also an EMCOR company—not only upgraded and extended the mechanical systems to accommodate a 120,000 sq. ft. addition that included new operating, pre-op and recovery rooms, but also enhanced the building control systems to provide greater fl exibility. Special modifi cations and designs help the client maintain uninterrupted hospital services when power demands reached critical levels.
Since it opened, a demographic shift has taken place in Ft. Wayne, resulting in the client’s need to serve a larger portion of the city’s population. Within one year, the facility was at capacity. In addition, Dupont Hospital, once the only major healthcare facility in its area, has also seen competition move in, spurring the need to expand its services.
In addition to extending the existing controls system and connecting the latest building automation technology to a new central plant, Havel installed web-based graphics on the system to provide easier and more fl exible control from any PC workstation—including offsite and laptop computers. Individual PCs, such as nurse’s stations, now have tailored screens to enable users to perform tasks specifi c to their duties more effi ciently.
This was a very fast-tracked project of various phases, requiring careful coordination with general contractor Weigand Construction to ensure that construction worked around the lifeand- death demands of daily hospital life. Havel provided a single-source solution, performing CAD/3D, custom-panel design and fabrication, and installation of controls and building automation systems entirely in-house.
Dupont Hospital is a 122-bed acute care hospital serving a community of nearly 500,000 people in Ft. Wayne. The 210,000 sq. ft. facility, part of the national Lutheran Health Care Network, has provided inpatient and outpatient surgery, ER services, obstetrics, radiology and other medical laboratory services to the north end of the city since 2000.