Los Alamitos Medical Center
Central Utility Plant
Los Alamitos, CA
June 2016 - July 2019
Centralized utilities, diversify a hospital's growth possibilities
With an eye on doubling their facility’s size in five years, Los Alamitos Medical Center needed to construct a new, $34 million central utility plant from the ground-up. This new plant will be located in a new masonry building across the street from its main hospital facility and will serve all utilities for the hospital, except for medical oxygen and steam. The plant will also be expandable, to meet new demands from the upcoming 167,000 SF patient tower with a 40-bed emergency department.
During conceptual design, LAMC selected the most comprehensive central plant design option. We included utility connections to the existing hospital, fuel storage and upper level cooling towers in the design. The new plant features: chillers, cooling towers, and chilled/condenser water pumps; hot water and domestic water pumps; thermal energy storage (TES); emergency sewage tank; emergency domestic water tank; generator fuel systems; boiler gas and fuel systems; medical gas systems. Our team also designed the underground and above ground piping layout and left space to connect the future hospital expansion’s nitrogen, nitrous oxide and oxygen tank systems.