Carolinas HealthCare System
Facilities Condition Assessment
In response to a Request for Proposal issued in 2010, ISES Corporation was awarded a contract to perform a comprehensive FCA study for nine Carolinas HealthCare System campuses, encompassing approximately 7.3 million gross square feet.
Carolinas HealthCare facilities are primarily older, small community hospitals. The original wing of the Anson Community Hospital, for example, was built in 1954. An addition in 1967 more than doubled the size of the facility, bringing the bed count up to 52. A major renovation in 2000 added a decontamination unit and other facilities.
Conducting an assessment of aging healthcare facilities with a complex history requires carefully tracking data on interior finishes, ADA compliance, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Field observations were uploaded into the ISES Asset Management System from which reports were generated listing renovation and replacement needs sorted by system, by priority and by cost. These reports equipped the hospital owners with needed information that formed the basis of an accurate capital investment program.
For Carolina’s HealthCare System’s King’s Mountain Hospital, a 102 bed facility built in 1951 and expanded in 1952, 1955, 1960, 1972 and 2005, ISES also conducted an ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit (although, in combination with the facility condition analysis, the audit was actually more in line with ASHRAE’s Level II guidelines).
For the energy audit component of this analysis, three years’ worth of utilities consumption data, an equipment inventory, information gathered during the nondestructive survey, construction documentation, and other resources were utilized. Utilities consumption data from peer acute care facilities within the Carolinas Healthcare System were used for benchmarking and comparison. In addition, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s and Department of Energy’s Energy Star portfolio manager database was used for supporting discussion. A comprehensive report was delivered to the client that included cost-saving recommendations.