November 22, 2011
Faith Technologies Project Spotlight: Fort Riley Replacement Hospital
Irwin Army Community Hospital, one of the oldest Army hospitals in the United States, is about to become the Army’s newest.
The hospital, located in Fort Riley, Kansas, is currently being replaced to better accommodate soldiers and their family members.
Groundbreaking for the new $334 million, 565,000 square foot facility took place in July 2010. The Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, along with the joint venture team of Balfour Beatty Construction and Walton Construction, and several other design and construction teams, including Faith Technologies, were chosen to be a part of this special project.
Faith Technologies’ scope of work included audio, automation and controls (Energy Monitoring and Control System (EMCS) connection), cabling, electrical services, fire alarm systems, parking lot lighting, security (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) measures and an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) installation), video surveillance, telephone systems, OSP Telecommunications (2.5 miles of 1800, 900, and 400 pair copper cable, and 12 miles of 72, 144, and 288 strand single mode fiber), and an access control system (over 350 doors with card reader control). The telecommunications work we completed also included three million feet of Cat 6 cable for over 16,000 station cable locations. Each location routes to one of the 40 IDF’s, which are connected by 26,000 feet of copper and fiber backbone.
The entire project was designed utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, and was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver specifications. The new hospital will have more automation and is more technologically advanced. With new open spaces, healing gardens, and water therapy units, it is a stepping stone for Army medicine and patients will be able to receive the care they deserve. It will help provide state-of-the-art healthcare for the Army base, and it was an honor and a privilege to be part of this project!