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Prepared to Weather the Weather in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina and its devastating floodwaters dealt quite a blow to New Orleans in 2005. Enwave New Orleans’ chilled-water plant was spared, but the Charity Hospital Steam Plant operated by Enwave was temporarily shut down due to flooding. Enwave New Orleans and its predecessors had served the hospital, surrounding medical center facilities and adjacent downtown buildings since 2000.

To accommodate medical center growth and prepare for future storms, Enwave built a new $28 million state-of-the-art, disaster-ready Biomedical District Steam Plant, which began operation in late 2014. The plant, with critical equipment located 20 ft above flood level, serves 18 buildings totaling 12 million sq ft of space.

Burns & McDonnell provided construction design-build services, focusing on plant redundancy and reliability, from water softeners to controllers to fuel oil pumps and more. The plant is capable of seven days of standalone, isolated operation.

The chilled-water system has a 32,000-ton capacity including 52,000 ton-hr of ice thermal storage, similar to the technology employed by Enwave Chicago. Enwave New Orleans serves chilled water to 20 buildings totaling 15 million sq ft of space.

Both systems serve the new $1.1 billion, 446-bed University Medical Center New Orleans, which replaced Charity Hospital and is affiliated with LSU Health.

The new steam plant received a National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America. Learn more about Enwave New Orleans’s new steam plant and chilled-water system.

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