Dupont Hospital, FORT WAYNE, IN
Havel, along with its sister company Shambaugh & Son, not only upgraded and extended the mechanical systems to accommodate a 120,000-square-foot addition that included new operating, pre-op, and recovery rooms, but also enhanced the building control systems to provide greater flexibility. Special modifications and designs help the client maintain uninterrupted hospital services when power demands reached critical levels.
Since it opened, a demographic shift has taken place in Ft. Wayne, resulting in the client's need to serve a larger portion of the city's population. Within one year, the facility was at capacity. In addition, Dupont Hospital, once the only major healthcare facility in its area, has also seen competition move in, spurring the need to expand its services.
In addition to extending the existing controls system and connecting the latest building automation technology to a new central plant, Havel installed web-based graphics on the system to provide easier and more flexible control from any PC workstation—including offsite and laptop computers. Individual PCs, such as at nurse's stations, now have tailored screens to enable users to perform tasks specific to their duties more efficiently.
This was a very fast-tracked project of various phases, requiring careful coordination with general contractor Weigand Construction to ensure that construction worked around the life-and-death demands of daily hospital life. Havel provided a single-source solution, performing CAD/3D, custom-panel design and fabrication, and installation of controls and building automation systems entirely in-house.