Hospital roof

The ventilation system at Island Hospital is being replaced with a more energy-efficient model and the roof underneath it, which was first built in 1962, will be replaced as well. The project to improvements at the hospital will cost $5.21 million.

A $5.1 million project underway at Island Hospital aims to save energy, eliminate leaks and improve ventilation.

The project includes a new roof on the original Island Hospital building, built in 1962. That portion of the building includes the main entrance, the cafeteria, administration and storage, as well.

The impact on patients should be minimal, hospital Director of Facilities David Scherer said.

Some offices shift, but that’s mainly in administration and non-patient areas, he said. Interior work will be done during off-hours, so while patients will see evidence of construction, they won’t be in the middle of it, Scherer said. The cafeteria will remain open.

“There will be plastic up and signage,” he said.

If noise becomes a problem for patients, that work will pause, Scherer said.

The biggest shift for this part of the project will be for materials management, or the shipping and receiving and storage for the hospital. The large room at the back of the original section of the hospital will have to use the Medical Arts Pavilion building. That means deliveries coming to and from that building instead. That has been the biggest logistical challenge of the scheduling, hospital spokesman Dennis Richards said.

The hospital’s 57-year-old roof came with the original building, and Scherer pointed out that an average roof lifespan is about 25 years.

The current ceiling is lathe and plaster, and the wire in it makes it impossible to get above the ceiling to look at the roof — or fix a leak.

Several administration offices have been dealing with leaks.

“There’s no access to fix anything,” Scherer said.

The new ceiling will be acoustical ceiling tile, making future repairs much easier, Scherer said.

The roof project should start this summer and take three months, depending on weather.

Already, boilers, lighting and surgery ventilation have been replaced. A dedicated outdoor air system will replace the overall ventilation system, and LED lights will replace fluorescent lighting.

Puget Sound Energy is providing $96,000 in utility incentives.

The remaining funds come from the capital reserve funds. Hospital CFO Elise Cutter talked during the budget process about the need for the roof replacement and the allocation of those funds.

The project should reduce annual energy costs for the hospital by at least 8.1 percent, Scherer said.

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