|UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON|
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Seattle, Washington
Campus Emergency Power Project
Teamwork was the foundation of the success of this project .
The purpose of the project was to double the Universitys Medical Center complex emergency power capability and to do it while maintaining uninterrupted, critical hospital services.
There were two projects in one. The first was to create additional generating capacity, and to make it available to the Medical Center. The second, to reconfigure and upgrade the Medical Centers system for accepting and distributing the new emergency power.
At the Universitys Power Plant, steam is generated to provide heat to University facilities and a small steam turbine co-generates back-up power. Outside utility power enters there as well. Conversion of an existing building and the addition of a second story was necessary to house up to five new 2 Megawatt diesel generators and prototype, medium voltage switchgear.
State-of-the-science equipment was installed deep within the sub-basements of the Universitys Medical Center hospital, while existing system was re-configured from 2,400V to 13.8KVA.
More than 13,000 feet of Medium and High Voltage cable now connects the Medical Center and Power Plant through the Universitys extensive utility tunnel system.
A new two-story concrete building was added at the Medical Center to provide secure housing for the control system. For control, the equipment is interlinked by fiber optic cables that connect switchgear through a double-redundant PLC system. This system has control consoles at both the Power Plant and Medical Center.
Since nearly 50% of the of the project scope was electrical work, it was natural for a large electrical contractor to secure the lump-sum contract for this project, as prime. At the same time, however, the project still had all the physical and management characteristics of a normal general contract. Plus, the complexity of the project, the issues involved with completing the operating system definition, and the design, imposed extraordinary project management demands on the contractor and project staff.
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