The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) provides health care services to veterans across the Colorado front range. The ECHCS facility at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denver consists of a Medical and Surgical Center and Community Living Center. 360 Engineering was hired by the VA, as the prime consultant and mechanical engineer, to determine why the building’s heating water pipe system was failing and to offer solutions within their budget.
The 9-floor hospital building had a separate Central Utility Plant, with piping running in chases to the main building. 360 Engineering conducted thorough field investigations of the piping, including sending samples of the failing heating water piping to an analytical laboratory. Through careful analysis and coordination with the VA facility maintenance team, the cause of the failing piping was determined to be oxygen pitting.
360 Engineering provided multiple solutions, and the pros and cons of each solution, including any possible downtimes, effects to operations, and associated costs to mitigate effects. In addition, 360 Engineering designed each chase individually, with its own price, which allowed the VA to select the best solution for their budget. During construction, 90% of the work was completed without entering occupied space. Stairwells and the building’s exterior walls were utilized for the selected chases, and all chases were designed to work with existing architecture.
All Pets Animal Hospital is a full-service, state-of-the-art, animal hospital offering routine, advanced, and 24-hour emergency veterinary services. 360 Engineering designed the mechanical and plumbing systems for this new 11,000-square-foot, two-story facility consisting of exam rooms, isolation rooms, ICU areas, treatment area, a surgery room, dog/cat kennels, and administrative space. The project received a Design Merit Award in 2013.
Pet Medical Center of Edmond, Oklahoma, accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), offers a range veterinary services, dog and cat boarding, pet nutrition, and pet behavioral counseling. For this new 3,300-square-foot veterinary clinic, 360 Engineering designed mechanical and plumbing systems that serve spaces including exam rooms, ICU areas, a treatment area, a surgery room, dog/cat wards, an imaging lab, and administrative space. The utility infrastructure system, water, sewer, and gas, were designed for future expansion and tie-in. Though any mechanical system expansion would be developed as part of a future project, the current design allocated space in the mechanical rooms/roof area for future equipment.
MHP is a private, non-profit corporation offering a growing list of comprehensive mental health services to clients throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties. To bring their 6,300-square-foot, 1950s-era metal building up to the task, this project entailed a complete remodel and tenant build-out. 360 Engineering designed new mechanical and plumbing systems including new rooftop units (RTUs) and plumbing. The resulting energy enhancements are 20% savings on energy costs annually.
For this mental health provider located in south metro Denver, 360 Engineering provided a thorough facility assessment of existing building conditions including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire alarm systems. The assessment included detailed site observations including visual observations of the existing cooling tower, condenser water pumps, water source heat pumps, and exhaust systems. The team documented conditions, then input all data – including any existing HVAC information — into AutoCAD drawings for the owner’s future use. All mechanical system findings were compiled into a single, comprehensive report of observations from the architect and electrical engineer, along with 360’s mechanical engineer.
Vista Eye Care in Thornton, Colorado, offers a full range of optometry and eye care services including comprehensive eye exams, Lasik consultations, and other specialty eye health testing. During their expansion, which added a new restroom, break room, and exam room sinks, 360 Engineering provided engineering services including new mechanical and plumbing systems designed to accommodate the additional space.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that pairs highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, increasing their independence and helping to enhance their quality of life. 360 Engineering partnered with THA Architects and Baylor University to construct CCI’s sixth training facility, located on the Baylor Scott & White Health — Kinkeade Campus in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Involving a total of approximately 23,800 square feet, the project encompassed multiple buildings including a new Canine Center with five canine kennel buildings; a new training center; two ground-up dormitories, and an administration office temporarily located in an existing medical office building. 360 Engineering designed complete mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for the entire project.
The Canine Center offers critical support for program operations, as an on-site veterinary hospital complete with surgery rooms, exam rooms, radiology capabilities, a testing laboratory, grooming facilities, a commercial-scale laundry, food prep and dishwashing areas, veterinarian and vet tech offices, overnight stay capabilities, and kennels. To support the wide variety of uses within the Canine Center, 360 Engineering designed a mechanical system capable of precise pressurization control between the different areas. The building’s plumbing system was designed with adequate capacity to serve unique needs such as operating room tables and heavy laundry usage.
The mechanical system 360 Engineering designed for the training center allows precise zoned temperature control based on occupant usage and exposure. A switched exhaust fan in each zone quickly evacuates odors. The building’s plumbing system has components including a dedicated water line, a new gas-fired water heater, fixtures for restrooms, and interior and exterior hose bibs for washdowns. A sanitary drainage system provided primarily for the plumbing fixtures includes additional floor drains for facility operations.
The two dormitories required a mechanical system capable of providing individual heating and cooling for each room, as well as individually controlled exhaust fans for the restrooms. The dorms’ plumbing system includes a dedicated water line, new gas-fired water heater, fixtures for restrooms, plus sanitary drainage.
For the temporary administrative office, 360 Engineering designed new zoning and air distribution and re-engineered existing plumbing, sanitary, and vent lines to meet the space’s new needs.