Baylor - SCUP

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Project Size:
24,843 sf

Baylor Scott & White Health

Architectural firm:
Perkins & Will

MEDCO Construction

Geisler Pender Personnel Provided Services:
Structural Engineering

- 2012 - TEXO Distinguished Building Award
- ENR Award of Merit

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas needed additional Central Utility Plant capacity due to the construction of the new Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and the associated additional utility demand.  

Kristina F. Geisler-Nordholm, while with RLG, was part of the structural, civil, and surveying team that provided design services. The SCUP structure is a concrete one-way slab and beam system with concrete columns.  

The facility serves as a supplement to an existing plant nearing full chilled water capacity. The new building includes two 2,400-ton chillers, three 2,000-kW high voltage emergency power generators, two 1,750-kW high voltage emergency generators dedicated to the two chillers, and new cooling towers. Beneath the facility are three 30,000-gallon underground fuel storage tanks.  Additional space was designed for future equipment needs.  

One of the challenges for this project was connecting the new CUP to the campus via a tunnel.  The tunnel routing extended underneath a road.  This presented challenges due to utilities in the road that had to remain and the need to extend underneath them in order to adequately preserve city access to the utilities.  The solution included temporary support of the pipes while excavating underneath them and a tunnel lid design that had to support additional soil and traffic loading.

Other design considerations included protecting the concrete columns from cooling tower offspray, support of pipes up to 42” diameter, and extensive coordination between structure and MEP systems.