Medplex Outpatient Surgical Center

Energy Assessments and Master Planning

SEA helped MedPlex Outpatient Surgical Center Reduce Energy Costs by more than $44k and energy usage by 47%

The MedPlex Outpatient Surgical Center is a facility managed by United Surgical Partners International (USPI). USPI partners with prominent physicians to provide high-quality, lower-cost surgical settings. SEA was tasked with evaluating the Birmingham, AL facility and developing an energy strategy to improve the overall performance of the building operation systems with minimal disruption to surgical services. This assessment and the actions put into place resulted in improved visibility during surgical procedures, increased comfort to patients in waiting areas and recovery rooms, and overall improved temperature conditions for reduced energy consumption. This is a great example of how SEA can assess your needs and offer turn-key solutions to impact change.

AT A GLANCE

Medplex Surgical Center Facts

47% Reduction in energy usage
$44k Reduction in Energy Costs

Scope of Work

SEA began by developing an initial energy baseline for pre and post-construction. The baseline will let USPI know how their building compares to similar buildings and what potential savings are available when making energy efficient improvements. 

Our strategy involved auditing the current energy output, making a plan for upgrades, and implementing retrofits/changes. Some examples of implemented actions are listed below:

Lighting
  • Upgraded current fluorescent/incandescent systems and installation of new controls systems 
  • Upgraded exterior HID lighting system and reduced burn time from 24 hours/day to 10-12 hours/day 
  • Removed unnecessary lighting systems 
Controls
  • Installed new energy management system to provide integrated and internet accessible controls of all mechanical equipment 
Envelope 
  • Implemented low/no cost solution for installing acrylic panes to interior side of windows for reducing energy consumption and improving temperature conditions in lobby 
  • Insulated walls in administrative and lobby areas 

Results

This resulted in improved visibility during surgical procedures, increased comfort to patients in waiting areas and recovery rooms, and overall improved temperature conditions for reduced energy consumption. 

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