Children’s Wisconsin Healthcare Expansion Leverages Carrier to Enhance Efficiency, Reduce Operating Costs
CHARLOTTE, Nc. -
When Milwaukee-based Children’s Wisconsin expanded its flagship healthcare campus, hospital leaders had peace of mind knowing the facility housing the new, expanded emergency department has all the tools it needs to run at peak performance. The enhanced, energy-efficient system features Automated Logic’s WebCTRL® building automation system, the EnergyReports™ platform and new Carrier HVAC equipment. The hospital chose to expand its relationship with Automated Logic after success following WebCTRL’s use in a 2020 expansion, the Craig Yabuki Tower, a six-story addition with pediatric specialty care and surgical services. Automated Logic, a leading provider of innovative building management solutions, and Carrier are a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.
“The new Skywalk Building supports Children’s Wisconsin’s mission to make a positive and lasting impact on the health and well-being of our patients and their families,” said Amy Drendel, DO, Interim Section Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Wisconsin. “With this new, advanced Level 1 Trauma Center, we can better provide the safest, highest-quality and most equitable care and services.”
Automated Logic’s EnergyReports platform, part of the WebCTRL system, allows facilities staff to monitor the energy efficiencies of its new building, compare them to its existing buildings and identify and assess opportunities to enhance energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.
“The Children’s Wisconsin facilities group wanted to expand on our original contract to leverage the recording ability of our EnergyReports and Trend Export software, which functions as part of our WebCTRL system, to identify poorly performing buildings and retrofit them with more energy-efficient technologies and equipment,” said Mike Mauel, Account Manager, Automated Logic.
Carrier’s Aero® 39M air handler and AquaForce® 30XW, a high-efficiency, water-cooled, indoor liquid screw chiller, support the hospital’s ambulance bay in the Skywalk Building. The 39M air handler provides advanced technology and custom features in a streamlined, easy to install package. The AquaForce 30XW has a quiet, low-vibration design with excellent part load efficiency and a compact footprint less than 48 inches wide.
The expanded system includes pressure independent energy valves to continuously monitor system conditions and regulate flow independently, maximizing energy efficiencies throughout the new building. In the ambulance bay, the WebCTRL and EnergyReports solutions continuously monitor carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide gasses to always ensure safe conditions in the highly ventilated facility.
The new construction also includes a negative-pressure infectious isolation zone equipped with Automated Logic room pressure sensors, bubble tight dampers and touchscreen monitoring of the zone’s pressure conditions – allowing the hospital to keep the air flow surrounding patients with COVID-19 or other pathogenic diseases to be isolated from the rest of the building and its occupants. Other system features include UUKL-approved fire control systems for isolation exhaust and stairwell pressurization, and integration with the building’s electrical, lighting, medical gas and plumbing systems.
The hospital’s installed HVAC equipment includes a mix of Carrier and other brands. Automated Logic works seamlessly with any brand of HVAC equipment, which was a key factor in the hospital’s selection process.
“We were able to provide the hospital with a complete, turnkey system that included all necessary hardware, software, project management, engineering, programming, graphics, installation, point-to-point checkout, startup services and training – all backed by warranty,” said Steve Ribaudo, Vice President, North America, Carrier Commercial HVAC. “The newly updated WebCTRL 8.0 system is scalable and expandable to unlimited points, unlimited users and unlimited buildings. They’re ready for the future. As Children’s Wisconsin grows, their system can grow with them.”
The Skywalk Building opened in October and houses the hospital’s new Emergency Department and EDTC facilities, pediatric and neonatal transport team and a retail pharmacy. It features 50 treatment rooms, including two rooms designed to better support mental and behavioral health needs, and two advanced trauma and resuscitation rooms.
For more information about Automated Logic’s WebCTRL system, visit automatedlogic.com/WebCTRL. To learn more about Carrier’s 39M air handler, visit carrier.com/39M. For the AquaForce 30XW, visit carrier.com/30XW.
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The new Skywalk Building at the Children’s Wisconsin Milwaukee Hospital includes a turnkey, scalable and expandable HVAC solution with Automated Logic WebCTRL® building automation system, EnergyReports™ platform and new Carrier equipment.