MEP Assessment & Mitigation – University of Texas Medical Branch
Since 2008, UTMB has continuously turned to LAN to provide a variety of multi-discipline services for the hospital’s MEP systems. Much of the work is related to damage caused by Hurricane Ike to MEP equipment in 50 buildings. Affected equipment included electric motors, transformers, blowers, pumps, compressors, coils, pans, air handlers, ductwork, feeders, disconnect switches, panel boards, circuit breakers, fuses, control panels, fire alarm systems, and variable frequency devices. LAN’s recommendations for damaged equipment included short- and long-term solutions ranging from simple cleanings to completely replacing units.
A major part of this recovery program was also mitigating future damage to MEP systems in the event of a storm. LAN designed solutions to relocate MEP equipment residing in basements and on first floors to levels higher than 25’ above mean sea level. LAN performed on-site investigations to identify critical systems and how they could be relocated with minimal cost to UTMB and developed phased approaches to construction to minimize the disruptions to normal campus and hospital operations.
At a glance
Mitigation design for MEP systems in 9 buildings
$36 million in FEMA project funding
20+ campus improvements projects
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
Critical/redundant MEP systems
Cost/benefit analysis for equipment relocation
Disaster Response, Recovery & Mitigation
University of Texas Medical Branch