Cardinal Hill Hospital

Lexington, Kentucky

The new three-story 147-bed addition encompassed 150,000 square feet of new hospital construction with an approximate cost of $36 million. The expansion included a lower-level outpatient clinic and multi-pool natatorium for hydrotherapy and exercise. A spacious atrium was constructed for gatherings and for natural light to interior patient rooms.

The new hospital natatorium included a 1088-square foot main pool, a 462-square foot hot water therapy pool, and an “endless” Riverflow continuous pool. The main pool was designed with a zero entry ramp, and the therapy pool was equipped with a handicapped lift. The continuous current pool employed a variable speed pumping system with remote control available to pool occupants. Supporting pool systems included backwash, filtration, heating, chlorination equipment, and treatment controls.

Additional elements designed for the hospital included a new boiler/chiller plant, plumbing, HVAC variable air volume systems, built-up air handling units, relief air energy recovery systems, fire suppression medical gas distribution, emergency generator, and atrium smoke evacuation system. A complete BACNet-compliant DDC temperature control system was also designed for the facility. The new boiler and chiller plant were sized to serve the entire hospital, with the eventual phase-out of the existing building boiler and chilled water systems. The project included an upgrade of the natural gas infrastructure and service main. Services also included the assessment of the existing medical gas systems and gas alarms for compliance with the latest addition of NFPA-99. New vacuum pumps, oxygen tank bulk storage, medical air equipment, and medical gas monitoring systems were designed.