Duke University Hospital Surgical Renovations
As part of Phase III of an overall multi-phased renovations effort underway at Duke University Hospital, Kirlin performed the complex mechanical, plumbing and medical gas systems work necessary to convert third-floor office space into cardiac surgical space.
There are now 35 surgical suites within the nine-story, 385,000 square-foot hospital since the addition of four standard cardiac operating rooms and a revolutionary new "hybrid" operating room - so named because it is a state-of-the-art surgical suite equipped with ceiling-mounted angiography imaging equipment that allows a surgeon to quickly progress from a minimally invasive procedure to an open vascular or cardiothoracic procedure without having to move the patient. The hybrid OR also enables DUH to participate in cardiac valve repair and replacement clinical trials. This equipment has been traditionally exclusive to cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology labs; Duke University Hospital's hybrid OR is only the fifth of its kind in the country.
Due to the challenges of working in tight overhead spaces on three floors in an occupied medical facility, Kirlin accomplished its work in four phases over a 21-month period. Highlights include the demolition and replacement of sanitary, duct, hydronic and plumbing piping systems; demolition of the existing returns air system and kitchen make-up air handling units; installation of dedicated exhaust for isolation rooms; replacement piping for all medical gas systems and of all mechanical room hydronic piping for seven air handling units; and removal and replacement of the existing emergency generator.