University of Colorado Health
Long’s Peak Hospital
Innovatory, connected campus nurturing trusted relationship with the University of Colorado Health.
Situated adjacent to the single-story ambulatory surgery center, this three-story 210,000 square foot hospital embraces the goal of University of Colorado Health (UCHealth); providing advanced care to patients. To address a growing population and it’s need for regional healthcare, UCHealth embarked on an ambitious growth strategy along the Front Range region - including Long's Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado. Due to the design assist delivery process, the project team completed the project in 14 months, superseding the original schedule by 10 months. Through deliberate daily design, construction team coordination, and implementation of on-site prefabrication services construction, building design and inspection were streamlined.
“Every detail of our vision for Longs Peak Hospital has taken shape – both inside and out.”
- 2018 Best Project
- Healthcare, ENR Mountain States
Air supplied by 100% outdoor air units allowed for active chilled beams in all medical, surgical, and labor/delivery rooms to utilize the induced airflow. Energy savings and thermal comfort were achieved using chilled and hot water, minimizing the demand on the primary air source.
Located in an arid climate, cool air is a key component of building comfort. It can, however, become costly when using standard HVAC systems. Consequently, AEI designed and deployed a central utility plant with three air-cooled chillers. This system saves up to 2.7 million gallons of water a year, in comparison to the water-cooled units. The chillers respond to fast-changing temperatures rapidly, using free cooling when weather permits. In addition, the building installed two onboard paralleling generators. These generators free up building space while reducing cost by ten percent.
The unique relationship between our project team, partners, and UCHealth drives forward thinking and ongoing discussion long after project conclusion. Lessons learned discussed in open forum format highlight project benefits and challenges – this communication forms a cohesive bond between UCHealth, AEI, and other partners – the apogee of collaboration.