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Monday, September 18, 2017  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Keeping a Medical Campus Operational During Major Infrastructure Upgrades

Bryan Bagley PE, ASHRAE
Senior Project Engineer, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
John Frye
Project Director, The Walsh Group - Walsh Construction & Archer Western
Tarek Thomas ACCE
Program Director, Capital Projects, University of Texas Medical Branch

In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused massive flooding at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, affecting more than a million square feet and significantly damaging major utility systems. The district heating and cooling system remained submerged in salt water for several weeks, sustaining permanent and extensive damage. Rather than replace in kind, UTMB decided to protect utility sources by elevating boilers and chillers or protecting them with floodwalls. This work includes: building conversions from steam to hot water, building tie-ins (without interrupting operations), a new thermal distribution loop, demolition of old systems and replacement with new systems. Over 50 buildings are involved. Come hear how UTMB, with the help of its partners, are simultaneously optimizing capital investment and operational spending with resiliency and efficiency, to thrive as well as survive on this coastal island.


1. Learn how to maintain clinical, research and educational operations while conducting major infrastructure upgrades.
2. Determine how to balance the short and long term operational needs with the capital realities, when the unexpected happens.
3. Hear about the communication and planning required to keep the high volume of students, teachers, doctors, patients and project workers all safe.
4. Understand the major challenges and lessons learned, when you have to quickly begin implementing critical and invasive infrastructure projects.