New York Hospital Queens, FLUSHING, NY
Expanded healthcare options for the local community; optimum comfort and productivity for patients, caregivers, and visitors; custom-manufactured ductwork that meets demanding Department of Health requirements; a safe, efficient rigging process; effective scheduling with the other trades; fast-track project delivery.
To create an environment that gives the local community access to trusted expertise, advanced technology, and a level of quality and service that lets patients heal close to home.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Working closely with the project's general contractor, Heritage provided the mechanical systems expertise and cooperative working procedures needed to complete this project successfully. To achieve this, Heritage installed all sheet metal ductwork and built out the air conditioning system. Fabrication played a key role as the company's 40,000-square-foot sheet metal fabrication facility custom manufactured 175,000 square feet of galvanized steel duct, requiring over 820,000 pounds of materials.
Installing the duct, however, presented a significant challenge, since the space allotted to do the work was limited. To avoid excessive congestion, Heritage took a collaborative approach, installing the duct and then waiting for the other trades to complete their work before applying the sheet metal finishes.
The scope of work for the air conditioning installation included four air handlers -- two for patient's rooms and two for surgery. To get these units into position, Heritage rigged them through an opening in the side of the building. From there, the company moved them into place on the equipment pads in a machine room designed specifically for the new addition.
To satisfy the appropriate standards for a healthcare environment, Heritage had to maintain very high levels of quality control. For example, the ductwork had to meet the New York City Department of Health's standards, which included extremely tight leakage tolerances. At the same time, to ensure maximum cleanliness, the company went beyond its contract requirements by delivering the ductwork to the site on pallets completely wrapped in plastic. At the end of each day, all open ductwork was capped, providing optimum purity and cleanliness during installation.
New York Hospital Queens' new eight-story west wing consists of 190,000 square feet. The addition adds 80 certified patient beds, bringing the hospital's total to 519. This construction, plus a three-level parking facility, was completed in 40 months.