2018 Hospital Construction Survey Addresses Hurricane Hardening

Designing and building central plants for hospitals is no longer limited to efficient systems with redundancy for critical components.  The lessons learned in Texas and Florida after major hurricanes are leading to changes in design and construction approaches for medical systems and similar environments.

According to the 2018 Hospital Construction Survey, conducted by The American Society for Healthcare Engineering, 89 percent of facilities professionals consider “resiliency” when designing and building new spaces.  Resiliency in construction means structures and components that resist both natural and human caused disasters, and allow for fast recovery after events. Continue reading

Greenland Enterprises Tapped to Replace Correctional Center Boiler Controls

HAMPTON, VA – The Virginia Department of Corrections has selected Greenland Enterprises to replace the boiler control system for three coal-fired boilers at the Bland Correctional Center in Bland, VA.

The center is a mixed custody facility dating to 1946 and houses approximately 450 inmates. Greenland will remove existing boiler controls and replace them with newer technology designed to improve operations and efficiency. The $457,000 project was awarded in March and is expected to start this summer.

“The project is a great example of our expertise with campus-like facilities,” said Greenland Enterprises President Elton Roller. “The same attention to detail required in a medical center applies to correctional facilities, and that’s where we excel in delivering for our customers.”

Greenland and SAW Contracting Complete Boiler Plant Replacement

The team of Greenland Enterprises and SAW Contracting recently completed a $6.8M boiler plant replacement for the Altoona, PA Veterans Administration Medical Center. The year-plus project included demolition of the existing structures and replacing the boiler, steam piping, boiler plant controls fuel oil and natural gas piping, feed water pumps and other auxiliary systems.

Temporary boilers and generators were installed to provide continuous steam delivery to the medical center during construction.  “It’s always a good feeling to complete a complex project on time and on budget,” said Greenland Enterprises President Elton Roller. “Medical centers need uninterrupted systems and we pride ourselves on delivering solutions that have a minimal impact on operations.”

Greenland Completes Medical Center Generator System

A new generator system is now in place and operational at the Lebanon, PA Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Greenland Enterprises recently wrapped up the $2.5M project, which involved demolishing and removing structures, installing natural gas powered generators and upgrades to the center’s electrical infrastructure.

The new generator serves the MRI/Radiology lab facilities and required careful planning and coordination to ensure the least possible impact to the medical center during construction. “Anytime you are dealing with mission-critical systems in a hospital there is a high level of focus on planning and project management,” said Greenland Enterprises President Elton Roller. “Our approach ensures we consider virtually every possible contingency, and have backup plans for our backup plans!”

The project is one of several Greenland efforts in Pennsylvania and the northeast US as Greenland’s national reputation grows.

Balancing Interactive Project Management with Personal Communication

One of the more positive impacts of new technology in the construction industry is near real-time project updates for clients through web-based project management systems.  Depending on the platform, building owners and stakeholders can receive project status updates, expenditures, milestones and even progress photographs. Continue reading

Greenland Completes Reverse Osmosis Project at Naval Station Norfolk

Greenland Enterprises has completed a $2.8M Reverse Osmosis (RO) project at the world’s largest Navy Base – Naval Station Norfolk. This design-build effort replaced an existing demineralization system with a new RO system for boiler feed water. The new system was designed to minimize bulk storage of corrosive chemicals on site at the base.

The new design provides treated make-up water that meets clean steam parameters and matches the existing plant capacity of 300,000 pounds per hour of total steam production. The new RO feed water treatment system produces 600 gallons per minute net output of demineralized (permeate) water, and includes a new booster pump assembly, chemical analysis and dosing system, multimedia and cartridge filter assemblies and RO sections, with output to an existing storage tank.

Greenland Enterprises forms Joint Venture with SAW Contracting for 15.5M Boiler Plant Project in Tacoma, WA

We’re pleased to share the following press release about our latest contract award, in a joint venture with SAW Contracting.

HAMPTON, VA – Two Virginia-based industrial contractors recently created a joint venture team to compete for a boiler plant decentralization project at Joint Base Louis-McChord in Tacoma, WA.  The combination of each company’s perspective and expertise ultimately created the best offering – resulting in a $15.5M award by the Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.  Continue reading

Technology is Changing Mechanical System Design and Installation

It’s no secret that India is a rapidly growing technological powerhouse, and when Jaguar built a new regional headquarters in Manesar, sustainability and renewable energy were top considerations.  The completed 12-acre campus uses solar energy, radiant cooling systems and re-utilizes all waste. Continue reading