Fitzemeyer & Tocci Leads MEP Efforts at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Regional Care Pavilion

Construction progress in December 2023

Potsdam, NY – Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc. announced that the Regional Care Pavilion expansion and modernization project at Canton-Potsdam Hospital has reached a key stage, with the addition now enclosed and infrastructure installations progressing across the four floors. Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP/FP) engineering and construction administration services on the project.

Designed by LaBella Associates, the nearly 100,000sf project seeks to modernize patient care with a new welcoming and more accessible main entrance and lobby; private, single-occupancy patient rooms; an expanded emergency department to increase capacity and efficiency of care; and shell space reserved to further enhance the diagnostic imaging services in the future.

Construction progress in May 2023

Key components of the MEP upgrades are in place, including air handlers and chillers on the roof, and the new penthouse mechanical room heating plant is coming online with new dual fuel boilers to support the entire hospital and significantly increase the efficiency of the facility’s heating and cooling systems. New domestic water heating utilizes high-efficiency heat exchangers fed from the new main boiler plant. A new, dual fed utility electric service installed with the expansion will support the entire facility, provide increased reliability, and together with a separate existing facility electrical upgrade project, reduce the maintenance burden on the facilities team.

Other major equipment continues to arrive, and the construction team, spearheaded by Pike Construction, is gearing up for tie-ins to the existing hospital infrastructure. While many of the new infrastructure will be interfaced with the existing building as part of this project, the design also includes extensions of piping and ductwork to accommodate future upgrades to existing hospital space with minimal impact or shutdowns.

The design includes the ability to convert standard patient rooms on the second floor into negatively pressurized rooms to create additional isolation spaces for airborne infection control when and if the need arises. Each room has individual temperature control through the BMS, enhancing the ability to meet the needs of both the facility and patient comfort. Existing staffing will relocate into the new space, and the move to single-occupancy rooms will better accommodate the hospital’s current patient load. This also provides the opportunity for existing patient units MSU2 and MSU3 beds to be repurposed as 18-bed single-occupancy surge units, providing flexibility for potential patient surge volumes.