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Building Statistics

Project:  University Medical Center at Princeton Replacement Hospital
Location:  Plainsboro Road, Township of Plainsboro, New Jersey
Occupancy:  Medical
Size:  209,525 ft2
Stories Above Grade:  7 stories / 121 ft
Zoning:  116.83 ft Setback from Perimeter Lot Lines 
Cost:  $321 Million Overall
Dates of Construction:  March 2009 - March 2012
Project Delivery Method:  Traditional


HOK/RMJM Hillier – A Joint Venture

Construction Manager: 

Turner Construction Company

Civil Engineer: 

French & Parrello Associates Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer: 


MEP Engineers: 

Major Codes:  New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (NJUCC, NJAC 5:23), 2006 IBC N.J. Edition, ICC/ANSI A117.1-2003 (N.J.A.C. 5:23-7.1), 2006 National Standard Plumbing Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.15), 2005 National Electrical Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.16), 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.18), 2006 International Mechanical Code (IMC) (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.20), 2006 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) (N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.22), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services – “Licensing Standards for Hospitals, N.J.A.C 8.43G.”, 2006 Edition – “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities” (N.J.U.C.C., N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2 N.J.D.O.H., N.J.A.C. 8:43-19.1 (a).), Life Safety Code, NFPA 101-2000., Health Care Facilities NFPA 99-2005.

Building Enclosure:
The exterior wall system for the University Medical Center at Princeton Replacement Hospital consist face brick and ground face masonry units, aluminum windows and curtain wall with insulating glass.  There also are metal insulated panels, sunshades, insulation, translucent exterior panels, and aluminum entrance system.  The roofing system on the building is an EPDM membrane roofing assembly.

Part 2

The University Medical Center of Princeton is to be constructed in 5 phases with one phase being an interior demolition and renovation of Building #2.  Noticed to proceed was set for March 2009 with the total building completion being completed in March 2012.  Turner construction is the General Contractor on the project in a traditional design bid build delivery system.  Owner Princeton HealthCare System holds a GMP contract worth $321 million on Turner with Turner holding Lump Sum contracts on all of the Subcontractors.  There are two cranes erecting the structural steel, with the first one is a Manitowoc 999 (200 ton) and the second one is a truck type crane (140 ton).  For a more in depth look at the construction process of the University Medical Center of Princeton please refer to Tech #1.

The construction of the structural steel framing is to be type 2, simple framing with composite steel decking for slabs.  Most structural steel is to be connected with high-strength bolts, nuts, and washers and a shear connection.  Most of the columns are to be W12x79 and W14 with no typical length.  For the beams and girders there is no typical size except that most of the beams are W24 or W21 and the girders are W16 or W12.  Cast in Place Concrete is going to be used for the footings, foundation walls, slabs on grade, and suspended slabs.  The footing is to be a shallow foundation with soil bearing pressure being 8,000 psi or 4,000 psi.  Slab on grade should have a depth of either 5” or 12” over 6” crushed stone.  Forms for the concrete should be exterior-grade plywood panels. 

Mechanical System:
The mechanical system consist of 17 air handling units, 4 in the basement of west and east M.E.P. room, 2 on the 2ed floor of D and T M.E.P. room, 3 in the penthouse, and 8 on the roof of the tower building with a max total CFM of 60,000.  Of the 17 air handling units 11 of them are 100% outside air systems to keep fresh outdoor air circulating into the hospital.  The other 6 used a mix of outdoor and indoor air because they are in none critical areas like offices, basements, est.  

Electrical System:
The electrical system is a dry type transformer with 480/277v, 3-phase, 4-wire with grounded neutral primary for power for mechanical systems and lighting and a 108/120V, 3-phase, 4-wire with grounded neutral secondary for power and appliances.  The building is serviced by 13.kv, 3-phase, 3-wire with grounded neutral and the emergency generator is a diesel engine generator. 

A majority of the building will use fluorescent lighting fixtures manufactured by Metalux.  All light fixtures are to be 277VAC, and only 30 lighting fixtures per circuit.  The exit and stair lighting will all be hooked up to the emergency power life safety branch.

Fire Suppression:
Fire suppression system is a pre-action standpipe sprinkler system, and fire hose stations with 200 ft. of hose in stairwells of every floor with full cover of floor area. 

The University Medical Center of Princeton will have a total of 17 elevators with 12 being traction elevators and 5 being hydraulic elevators.  For the traction elevators there is a 3,500 lbs. capacity for 4 of the traction elevators and 5,000 lbs. for the other 8 traction elevators with all traction elevators operating at 450 fpm.  The hydraulic elevators range from 2,500 lbs. to 8,000 lbs. capacity and operating at 100 fpm for 3 of the hydraulic elevators and 125 for 2 of the hydraulic elevators. 

University Medical Center of Princeton has a low voltage system that consist of PA system, Nurse Call system, CCTV and CATV system, Fire Alarm system, Security system, Tele/Data system, and Code Blue system.

There is demolition of two buildings on site, and demolition is required inside Building 2 for interior renovation which will include the removal of MEP, roofing on 1st, 2nd, and roof, and interior.  Demolition will require a refrigerant recovery technician to remove refrigerant from site.  Demolition is to be done from the top floors down. 







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