Methodist West Hospital - Commissioning
Population continues to increase in the western suburbs of Des Moines. To serve their healthcare needs Iowa Health-Des Moines West needed to build a new hospital facility. The design team was charged with creating a modern facility that addressed many lessons learned including the healing benefits of patient and family friendly environments that are also efficient and pleasant for providers and staff. This would enable the hospital to become a community leader in creating sustainable and healthy environments.
The energy performance for the hospital is targeted at 18% better than the State of Iowa energy code. For this hospital, the code base is 181.6 kBTU/sq.ft. or $2.13/sf. In order to validate usage, the building has multiple meters to monitor consumption for energy usage for gas, water, and electrical usage. A commissioning (Cx) plan and specification was developed and included in the bid package along with all of the functional performance tests requirements. All parties involved with the project were well aware of their expectations as defined in the Cx plan. After award of the project, the Cx team refined schedules and worked out a mutually agreeable time frame to complete commissioning prior to occupancy. The commissioning team conducted Prefunctional Installation Checks and Functional Performance Testing and issued Commissioning Issues Documentation to contractors for corrections to system operation.
The building is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility designed to meet and exceed the State of Iowa’s energy efficiency requirements by 18%. The facility is also designed to follow the principles of LEED requirements.
The hospital won a Grand Place Award (1st Place in Category) for sustainable design in the Buildings & Systems Category of the 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition awarded by the American Council of Engineering Companies.