Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Emergency Generator Replacement

  • Location

    Sylmar, CA
  • Project Dates

    January 2016 - June 2018
  • Delivery Method

    Design-Build
  • Market

    Healthcare
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  • New generator plant gives hospital cleaner emissions and increased emergency power capacity

  • Project Overview

    Funded by Los Angeles County and affiliated with UCLA, the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital in Sylmar. With a need for additional emergency generator capacity and prohibitive costs to upgrade their existing generator plant, the hospital administration decided on an all new generator plant. We provided MEP design services for this project, which included a new generator building and transformer substation on site. The transformer substation, with pad mounted distribution switchgear, provides necessary power service provisions for future building expansions and renovations.

  • Solution

    The new design-build generator plant has (2) 2MW diesel engine generators in acoustic enclosures, space for a future 2MW generator, above ground fuel tanks, and a permanent load bank. We also designed a building for the 5kV synchronizing control and distribution switchgear, along with station personnel restroom and work area provisions. The lack of available space at the Central Plant meant that the new Generator Plant will be constructed at Parking Lot J on the north end of the hospital complex. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works provided a duct bank from the Generator Plant location to the transformer substation, with pull boxes at each end for use during the project.