When the peak of hurricane season arrives in late August, our reliance on mission-critical facilities, like hospitals and data centers, hits its own peak. Whether providing the southeast region with data connectivity or keeping an ER safe and fully functioning, there is no closing the doors and shutting down the equipment of mission-critical facilities in the wake of natural disaster. Critical in that equation is that building’s HVAC system: providing cool, quality air when people need it the most.
South Florida is no stranger to this concern and its ensuing costs. As the most hurricane-prone state in the U.S., 488 recorded tropical or subtropical cyclones have impacted the state of Florida. The financial impact? $115 billion dollars in damages. What was needed during and after all 488 storms? High-quality indoor air. The peak of risk is arriving soon: nearly one third of hurricanes affect Florida in September, and nearly 75% happen between the peak season from August to October.
The facility owners and managers of Mt. Sinai in Miami knew those risks all too well. In 2016, when tasked with a 350,000 sq. ft. addition to the hospital, they required a cooling system fit for the high humidity, high hurricane risk zone. During that same summer, as the addition got underway, Hurricane Matthew threatened the region as the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in nearly a decade. Hospital leadership was on high alert to maintain its reputation as a respite during even the most dangerous of storms.
Whether protecting area residents from a storm surge or treating those medically impacted by the storm, Mt. Sinai needed to remain best-in-class as their addition took shape. “For a hospital in our location, weather can be a major issue,” said Keith Liken, engineering maintenance manager at Mount Sinai. “If we lose power, even for just a few seconds during a storm, the recovery process to bring our old chillers back online can take up to 40 minutes. In that amount of time, room and building temperatures increase significantly.”
From reliability to redundancy, Mt. Sinai sought an HVAC solution that they could rely on for safety, security, and energy efficiency. Daikin’s oil-free Magnitude® chiller was the perfect solution. The chillers offer two unique technologies: RideThrough® and RapidRestore®. RideThrough provides the stable operation during momentary losses, while RapidRestore can bring them back to life in just 43 seconds after longer outages.
There’s no time for downed systems and delayed patient care during life-threatening situations. Many other hospitals and mission-critical facilities in the Southeast rely on Daikin’s innovative chiller technology to provide high-quality indoor air at all times, confident that Daikin values patient outcomes as much as they do.