Honeywell to provide solutions for Canadian hospital

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 27 /CNW/ -- Honeywell today announced that it is part of Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), a consortium responsible for the Woodstock General Hospital project. ITS signed a $268.7 million (CAD) contract to build, finance and maintain the hospital -- a new healthcare facility with capacity for up to 178 beds that will replace the existing hospital in Woodstock, Ontario.

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Honeywell will deliver a Total Asset Management (TAM) program as part of the contract, providing service, maintenance and security for the facility for the next 30 years. The company will also help design and install the building automation, security and life safety systems in the hospital.

The work will be performed under the government of Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The Honeywell program and overarching consortium will provide a state-of-the-art, well-maintained facility that is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(R) (LEED) certification requirements, and leverages the latest building systems to meet regulatory and security requirements critical to the healthcare industry. As a result, hospital administrators will be able to focus on employing the best clinical team to serve patients.

"Providing Woodstock General Hospital patients and staff with a safe, secure and comfortable experience is our top priority," said Natasa Veljovic, president and CEO of Woodstock General Hospital. "The partnership with Honeywell allows us to focus on patient care and gives us peace-of-mind that our facilities will be running well for the next 30 years."

ITS also includes financier LPF Infrastructure Fund and builder EllisDon. Initially, Honeywell will work with EllisDon to install energy management and control systems, surveillance, access control, fire alarm, and nurse call equipment in the hospital.

Engineers will tie these systems together with Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), a facility management platform that provides a cohesive, detailed view of all building technology. EBI will control comfort, air quality and energy use to help achieve the buildings' LEED certification. And it will help administrators meet the complex regulatory requirements designed to keep patients and staff healthy, safe and secure. For example, EBI will:

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Once construction is complete, Honeywell will be responsible for facility management and physical security for the next three decades, lowering typical hospital operating costs. This includes all mechanical and automation equipment service, building envelope repairs, infrastructure upgrades and replacement, security personnel staffing and management, and grounds work.

In addition, Honeywell will measure the baseline energy consumption of the hospital for the first two years, and develop and implement strategies to maintain or lower those levels for the rest of the contract. This ensures the hospital will tightly manage utility costs and help minimize its ecological impact.

Honeywell has committed to strict performance indicators outlined in the agreement. For example, given the precision needed in a healthcare environment, the company will maintain temperature controls within a half degree of set points. It also will thoroughly inspect and recalibrate critical building equipment on a monthly basis.

"Honeywell has worked in hospitals for decades, having completed building automation and energy efficiency projects for more than 140 healthcare facilities across Canada," said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. "We understand what it takes for hospitals like Woodstock to function at the highest level of efficiency, safety and security. And we'll deliver that expertise on a daily basis."

The hospital is expected to be built by summer 2011, and Honeywell will assume maintenance and security responsibility at that time.

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