Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Power Plant Expansion

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Chilled Water Plant and Cooling Tower Improvements

Following the creation of a master utility plan that addressed building and load growth plans for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s four-million-square-foot campus, Mueller Associates engineered the first phase of implementation, involving integration of a 4,800-ton condenser water system with an existing 14,400-ton system. Three new 1,600-ton chillers replaced three old 933-ton chillers, requiring an exacting approach—including a detailed hydraulic analysis—to create alternative piping schemes and carefully fit the piping into the existing space. The modeling and simulations were critical to this open-type hydraulic system.

The system maximizes reliability, operational flexibility, and serviceability, while minimizing construction costs, energy costs, and service disruption. The project was completed on a fast-track basis while plant operations continued, supported by strategic procurement planning and extensive prefabrication.

Client History

2012: Power Plant Expansion
2009: ICU Renovation
2009: Central Plant and Distribution Upgrades
2006: Surgery and Nursing Unit Renovations
2005: Master Utility Plan
2005: Radiology MRI, Cardiology, Miscellaneous Renovations
2003: Miscellaneous Reynolds Tower, North Renovations
2001: Targacept Facility Feasibility Study
1998: Diagnostic Neurology Renovations
1997: J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging; Franceschi Architects
1990s/2000s: Comprehensive Medical Center Renovations

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  • Mueller got involved early on. They were just a great team to work with. We had budget concerns going in, but we were able to work closely with the contractor during schematic design and incorporate suggestions that helped with cost. As a result, there were not many change orders and the project came in under budget and on time. It was a high-quality job.

    Paul Ouellette
    Construction Manager, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Mueller got involved early on. They were just a great team to work with. We had budget concerns going in, but we were able to work closely with the contractor during schematic design and incorporate suggestions that helped with cost. As a result, there were not many change orders and the project came in under budget and on time. It was a high-quality job.

    Paul Ouellette
    Construction Manager, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center