St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE

A formalized facility assessment is possibly the most productive and informative process available for tackling facility infrastructure issues.  It addresses system operations, configurations, conditions, and operating efficiencies, with consideration given to maximizing performance, extending the system's lifecycle and minimizing operating expenses.  Engineering Economics, Inc. (EEI) has more than 25 years of experience facility assessment activities for a broad spectrum of client and facility types.  We have provided facility assessments for medical centers & hospital campuses, laboratory & research facilities, correctional institutions, data centers, office buildings, housing complexes, military bases and college & university campuses.  Our healthcare division, EEI Healthcare, is a specialty group that focuses on medical & research facilities and is particularly skilled in the specialized systems found in these environments. 

Our Services

The firm's assessments frequently precede major additions, renovations and replacements, or may simply provide owners with information to solve specific operating issues or reduce energy consumption.  Each assessment is customized and may include any or all of the following:

  • Troubleshooting/performance problem resolution
  • Energy audits & energy conservation measures
  • Facility engineering improvements
  • Pre-design/pre-construction planning
  • Integrated system performance
  • System trending & seasonal performance evaluations

EEI advocates a system-based approach to facility assessments.  We understand the importance of systems analysis and see this effort as far more than a survey of the parts and pieces.  As we evaluate each system we analyze system configuration, current operating practices, system condition, capacity, redundancy/failure modes and remaining service life (including potential risk and consequences of equipment failure).  Our analysis also includes an assessment of a facility's ability to meet current operational needs and its ability to accommodate future expansion.  The assessment is tailored to the facility's specific needs and typically includes recommendations,  solutions, budgets, prioritization and implementation phasing and scheduling assistance. 

For each project, we generally:

  • Identify the major features of the systems
  • Review conformance and applicable building codes and standards
  • Provide recommendations for equipment and system upgrades, replacements, additions or repairs, including a description of each recommendation and supporting information that explains why it is recommended.  Supporting information may include concept drawings to illustrate the work recommended if needed.
  • Provide recommendations for operation and maintenance of equipment and systems
  • Prioritize recommendations for immediate, short-term or long-term implementation
  • Develop an implementation timeline or schedule
  • Provide a budget cost for each recommendation, with escalation for long-term projects 

Building systems may include:

HVAC
  • HVAC controls/building automation systems
  • Air handlers/filtration/ventilation/exhaust fans
  • Chillers/process cooling/cooling towers/chilled water
  • Boilers/steam & condensate/heating hot water  
 Electrical
  • Primary switchgear
  • Secondary switchgear
  • Distribution panels
  • Motor load centers
  • Emergency generators/uninterruptible power supply/automatic transfer switches
  • Transient voltage surge suppression
  • Lightning protection
  • Power monitoring
  • Lighting and lighting control
Plumbing
  • Domestic hot and cold water
  • Medical gasses
  • Fuel systems/tanks
  • Incoming water lines
  • Sanitary sewer
  • Grease interceptors
Life Safety
  • Fire protection
  • Fire detection/alarm systems
  • Smoke evacuation/smoke control
Building Envelope
  • Roofing
  • Walls, windows and doors
  • Air/water infiltration/ex-filtration

Contact EEI for a free consultation to determine how a facility assessment might benefit your organization.

 
 

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