Upgraded Central Utility plant to handle expanded energy needs at new Scripps Mercy San Diego Hospital

Sept. 12, 2022
The expansion includes an upgrade of the existing chilled and condenser water system, steam and condensate return systems and the heating hot water system. All of the existing central mechanical HVAC equipment was demolished and replaced

Scripps Health is moving forward with expansion of the central energy plant at its Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego.

The upgrade at the 20,000-square-foot energy facility, is designed to serve the existing hospital, which will eventually be demolished, and a future replacement hospital sometime later this decade (2027). The expansion includes an upgrade of the existing chilled and condenser water system, steam and condensate return systems and the heating hot water system.

All of the existing central mechanical HVAC equipment was demolished and replaced. Mascari Warner Dinh provided architectural services on the project.

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 A permit report filed with the city of San Diego indicates that Scripps Mercy Hospital is going to demolish its current facility, generator and cooling tower buildings, behavioral health clinic and current hospital.

The new construction includes a 15-story main hospital and another 15-story Hospital II building, additional support buildings, medical offices, parking, docking and drop-off areas. The central energy plant expansion also includes 18,500 square feet of utility yard space.

The central energy plant was originally completed in 2011. The then $40 million project housed a 700-horsepower boiler steam plan and 4,000-kW (4 MW) power plant. 

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