Geary Engineering provided the mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering services for the new dialysis facility located in southwest Lincoln for the Dialysis Center of Lincoln. The southwest site is the third location in Lincoln and compliments their existing facilities on East O Street and in northwest Lincoln. The facility is 13,000 square feet and initially provides twelve dialysis stations. The building is designed to allow for the expansion of twelve additional treatment stations.
The mechanical systems are high efficiency gas-fired commercial furnaces with high efficiency condensing units. The furnaces were installed in a mechanical mezzanine which allows for easy maintenance of the mechanical equipment without interruption to the medical facility. The condensing units are hidden on the roof with easy access from the mechanical mezzanine. Fresh air for the entire facility is provided by energy recovery units which continuously exhaust air from the building and bring in fresh air that is distributed to the furnaces. Ninety percent of the thermal energy exhausted from the building is captured by the energy recovery units and returned to the building. Separate HVAC systems were designed for the patient care areas so that the patients could be kept warmer than the remainder of the treatment area. Individual ceiling mounted radiant heating panels were designed for addition comfort to the patients.
The plumbing design included the specialized piping to the dialysis treatment stations. A centralized oxygen supply system with piping to each station provides oxygen directly to the patients. The facility is protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system.
The electrical system is designed to meet the requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code provides a highly efficient lighting system with energy efficient fluorescent lighting and motion sensor lighting controls in all areas. An on site electrical generator provides emergency backup power so the facility can continue to operate in the event of a power failure. The electrical design also included the layout of the data and communications wiring which included the patient data system, Internet, telephone and cable TV.