RTM faced many unique challenges when working on a brand new hospital in Portage, Wisconsin. The owner and architect approached RTM with a very complex request to consolidate all the mechanical spaces–the boiler plant, chillers, and air handling equipment–into one room. To further complicate the design, the mechanical room would be located in the basement directly beneath an operating room. RTM encountered three major challenges in designing the space: noise, vibration, and temperature.
In order to make it work, RTM employed multiple inventive design solutions. All of the mechanical equipment was supported from the floor since any support from the ceiling would have made it too difficult to insulate the operating room from what was going on below. To keep potential temperature rises from reaching the operating room, everything in the space was acoustically lined. Finally, special vibration sensors and vibration isolators were on every piece of equipment to keep it from interfering with the sensitive area above.
This is a great example of what RTM is best at- finding creative solutions to complicated issues and making sure the needs of the client and end user are met.