Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has called on Cox Engineering time and time again. For their latest project, we were asked to rebuild a 55,000 CFM air handling unit that was more than 50 years old. To complicate matters, the aging system was located inside the hospital’s active neonatal intensive care unit.
We only had a small 12-hour window on weekends to accomplish our work, and the NICU’s systems had to be back up and running every Sunday by 6 AM.
While other HVAC providers said it couldn’t be done, we got busy coming up with a solution. The planning phase was critical. We devised a unique way to replace the system’s components piece by piece—dampers, coils, humidifier, fans, VFDs—without disrupting the newborns or the nursing staff.
The project was highly successful. BIDMC now has a high-performance unit that will last another 50 years. We completed the job in just nine weekend shutdowns, right on budget and on schedule with no change orders.