UPMC Passavant is a nonprofit, acute‐care hospital located in the suburban North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a $10 billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise that has 21 hospitals, more than 62,000 employees and more than 5,100 licensed beds.
A new building was added in 2008 to the UPMC Healthcare network. Ingenia’s engineering team worked closely with the consulting engineer to design and specify 13 new air handlers ranging from 11,000 to 56,000 cfm and operating total static pressures up to 12” w.g. The design team wanted to ensure that the cabinet design included the most hygienic and energy-efficient features.
The Ingenia design team and local sales representatives worked with the consultant to design two heat recovery units to handle the dedicated outside air for the building and 11 other units to handle surgery rooms and general areas. In order to provide the highest indoor air quality cabinet walls, the engineer specified a 3” wall thickness cabinet with injected polyurethane foam with a thermal resistance value of 19.5. To provide a hygienic interior finish, all of the AHU’s internal surfaces were coated with an antimicrobial finish after all manipulations (including bending and shearing) were completed. All units included multiple fan systems and specially designed acoustical baffles to meet low sound level requirements.