Burns & McDonnell was engaged to validate the master plan and develop engineering plans to take the next steps forward.
Goals were to increase capacity, improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and strengthen overall system reliability and emergency operating capacity. In addition to validating the master plan, we provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the $377 million expansion, all without hindering the medical center’s ongoing operation.
We took on the first phase of the expansion program, which included the design of a 48-megawatt (MW) CHP plant with capacity to produce up to 330,000 pounds per hour of steam. Other elements included:
- An 8.8 million-gallon chilled water thermal storage tank with 76,000 ton-hours capacity.
- A new East Chiller Plant featuring four 8,000-ton electric-drive chillers and space within the plant to add six chillers in the future.
- New cooling towers with the equivalent of 32,000 tons of storage capacity.
- An expansion and upgrade to the 138-kV substation serving TECO.
- A new 29,000-square-foot operations support facility.
- A 6-MW back-pressure steam turbine.
- Additional chilled water loops to serve new loads located on the western and southern perimeter of the TMC campus.
Another priority was storm hardening the entire facility with equipment and systems that would prepare TECO to provide continuous service during hurricanes and the tropical storms that often threaten the Houston area.