Utilities Unit for New Billion-Dollar Medical Campus to Include KAI Texas Design Work

The mission-critical utilities plant that will serve the new $1.2 billion Parkland health care campus will include design work by KAI Texas.

Dallas, TX, July 02, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The mission-critical utilities plant that will serve the new $1.2 billion Parkland health care campus will include design work by KAI Texas.

KAI has been chosen to design the exterior shell for the plant’s prime project engineer, Burns & McDonnell, Dallas. The central utilities plant will integrate with the overall campus master plan design by HDR Architecture and Corgan Associates, Inc.

In addition, KAI will lead the programming to design the interior space that will be occupied by the staff at the central plant.

Parkland – Dallas County’s public hospital – plans to break ground for the central plant in 2011 with occupancy of the hospital set for late 2014. The new 862-bed hospital and all adjoining specialty clinics, logistics building and other support facilities like the utilities plant will total 2.5 million square feet and will replace the existing campus, constructed in 1954. The site for the new campus is north of Medical District Drive and east of Harry Hines Boulevard, just northeast of the existing Parkland site.

Once running at full capacity, the utilities plant will be able to provide 12,000 tons of chilled water, 110,000 pounds per hour of steam, and 20 megawatts of emergency power. Electrical energy, natural gas and diesel fuel will be used to power the plant.

Burns & McDonnell plans for the utilities plant to achieve a LEED Silver for sustainability through a design that conserves energy and water use. High efficiency thermal technologies for chilling and heating water are at the core of the system.

The new Parkland is one of the largest health care projects in the history of North Texas. The new campus will allow Parkland to serve the growing population of Dallas County.

About KAI Texas

KAI Texas, LC is a Texas Corporation headquartered in Dallas. Founded in 1999 and led by president & COO Darren L. James, AIA, KAI Texas has a staff of over 25 design and build professionals (with an additional 65 personnel through its sister company) that provides program management, construction management, architecture, and mechanical/ electrical/ plumbing (MEP) engineering services. KAI Texas is involved in many DFW-area projects with clients including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); independent school districts such as Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth; the University of Texas at Arlington; and Texas Woman’s University. KAI Texas is a leader in building information modeling (BIM), applying it to architectural, engineering and construction projects firm-wide.

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