Johnson Controls to Integrate Pittsburgh Hospital

Nov. 2, 2006
Company to perform $55 million integration of low-voltage and building systems for Children's Hospital

MILWAUKEE – The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has awarded Johnson Controls, Inc. a $55 million contract to serve as the technology contractor for the construction of its $575 million, multi-building Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Johnson Controls will be the single point of contact for the installation, integration and commissioning of all low voltage network and building systems to ensure collaboration, optimization of technologies and efficient installation.

Johnson Controls will work directly with the hospital and design team to oversee the project from concept through construction and the commissioning of more than 20 systems on the campus. Technology systems include a Metasys® building management system, fire and security, network, telecom, and data systems. A wireless infrastructure will be installed allowing the hospital to operate multiple technologies on a single system, and a robust integrated solution will provide connectivity for clinical and non-clinical applications to improve workflow, staff productivity and patient outcomes.

“Our management of technology installation and focus on integration will help UPMC achieve its objective of creating a future-ready hospital that provides world-class patient care,” said Joe Walicki, vice president and general manager, North American systems, Johnson Controls.

The new campus is comprised of a clinical services building, a research building and two parking garages. The contract also covers the retrofit of two medical office buildings and the expansion and retrofit of the central plant, which includes YORK® brand chillers and air handlers that were purchased separately. Construction has begun and completion is expected in December 2008.

Johnson Controls building and software documentation technologies will be used to assist the UPMC in obtaining and maintaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the clinical services and research buildings. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s building efficiency rating system.

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 400,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking seventh among children’s hospitals (FY 2005) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and one of the top 10 best pediatric hospitals in the country by Child magazine.