Case Study

Building Automation Masterplan Moves Healthcare System Forward 30 Years

Project at a Glance

Location: Florida

Facility: Cancer Research Facility and Hospital

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Highlights

  • Existing system was so fragile and outdated that regular maintenance was avoided in fear of causing irreparable damage.
  • Creating standards and guidelines is critical in order to measure owner success
  • Get buy-in from the entire team; design and construction, facilities, and IT/Security before implementing a new system.

The Problem

A two million square foot cancer treatment and research facility in Florida needed assistance in upgrading their existing Building Automation System (BAS), but such a large undertaking was daunting to attempt in one fell swoop. The original building, constructed in 1986, had portions of the campus that housed BAS components from that time. The outdated BAS did not provide any proactive feedback, its only function was controlling the HVAC systems, some security functions (door monitoring), and lighting control. Since initial construction, four major additions had been constructed to bring the facility to its current state which required the need for a viable standard for building automation.

Since initial construction, four major additions had been constructed to bring the facility to its current state which required the need for a viable standard for building automation.

The hospital leadership requested to move away from the existing system for a variety of reasons, but the main motive was that it was proprietary and vendor driven. They were locked into one supplier, which gave them limited options in terms of equipment and service, and did not provide them competitive pricing moving forward. Components of the original 1986 install had begun to fail and replacement parts were difficult or impossible to find. Portions of the existing system were so fragile that technicians were fearful of causing more damage by opening or inspecting components and hindering repairs. They needed someone to create a long-term masterplanning solution; something that would set their buildings on a path of success.

Portions of the existing system were so fragile that technicians were fearful of causing more damage by opening or inspecting components and hindering repairs.

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