A new central plant was designed as a stand-alone building to support Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s current facility plan, which includes 500,000 sf of combined acute and ambulatory care facilities. The plant was built in a modular approach to allow for the support of current demand as well as future demand. The plant is designed to ultimately support up to 1,300,000 sf of building structures on the campus.
The new central plant includes chillers, cooling towers, high pressure steam boilers, main electrical sub-stations and switchgear power distribution, diesel generators, fuel oil storage, and a fully automated direct digital controls system. ESD implemented analytics to optimize the design approach and “right size” the plant to optimize the owner’s capital investment.