Since opening in 1974, HCA Florida Woodmont Hospital (formerly University Hospital & Medical Center) has significantly broadened its surgical and medical services, offering distinguished orthopedic, behavioral-health and geriatric-care programs.
Throughout years of expansions, the 317-bed hospital continued to rely upon the hospital’s original steam boilers. Recent failure of a 50-boiler horsepower (BHP) unit, however, raised system reliability concerns.
Following an assessment of the steam and hot-water system, Burns determined that a complete replacement and upgrade of the system was warranted.
The newly designed system features two 80-BHP dual-fuel boilers, as well as a new deaerator, water pumps, heat exchangers, and steam and condensate piping. Two temporary 100-BHP boilers were tied into the system in preparation of the existing boiler room’s demolition and remained in place until system commissioning.
In addition to mechanical upgrades, Burns oversaw complete modernization of the boiler room’s electrical system. Electrical replacements involved new distribution panels and step-down transformers.
Following completion in August 2021, the steam system is now sized to ensure boilers can meet future demand at the growing hospital, while providing redundancy in event of extreme weather events or other system failures.
Similar projects include HVAC improvements for Blake Medical Center and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.