Services Provided: Electrical Design, Facility Assessment, Architectural Services, Construction Administration
This project provided an entirely new standby power generation system and distribution network, integrated into an existing fully developed retirement community campus to serve 11 residential towers and three community buildings. This was a fast-paced project, starting with a feasibility analysis in April, 2014, design completed in mid-June, and all standby power generation and distribution up and running in December. The completion of landscaping and screen wall construction around the generators was completed in the spring of 2015. The fast pace of the project was driven by several subsequent campus infrastructure upgrade projects with inflexible implementation schedules. The work of the other facility upgrades was dependent on the completion of the standby power project first. Realizing the Owner's urgency to complete the standby power project quickly, A.J. Adam Engineering successfully compressed a six-month design schedule down to two months. Work inside the campus involved routing conduit throughout the buildings, extending literally for miles and terminating inside 14 major electrical rooms. The scope also included architectural and civil engineering design services to blend the new infrastructure seamlessly into the beautiful campus. Construction was phased to minimize disruption to the residents and staff of the building.
During the feasibility study, A.J. Adam Engineering (AJAE) documented existing conditions, analyzed building loads, evaluated options for feasibility and life cycle costs, and provided recommendations for types, sizes, and locations of generators, plus the location of all major distribution network infrastructure components.The building remained occupied during construction. AJAE provided detailed conduit routing plans and closely coordinated utilities outages and construction phasing in order to minimize disruptions to laboratory operations. Available space in the mechanical room was very limited, requiring close coordination of all conduit and equipment locations.
System features included:
•Providing 3 generators, with masonry enclosures, for 1.3 megawatts of capacity.
•Blending three large generators into the established campus using landscaping and architectural elements.
•Successfully routing multiple large diameter conduits thousands of feet through extremely constricted spaces.
•Providing automatic transfer switches, transformers, and panelboards in each building.