University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center Central Utility Plant & Tunnel Design
University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)/Cagley
New Structural Design
The central utility plant is a two-story steel framed structure set halfway into an escarpment. The building has approximately 20-foot floor to floor heights to accommodate the generators and chiller plant that feed the 10-story hospital building and three-story ambulatory care center. A 20-foot tall screen wall around the perimeter of the structure acts to both hide the rooftop cooling towers from view and to provide acoustical protection against the noise of the units from the nearby hospital rooms. Leuterio Thomas also worked on the garage tunnel that extends from the main hospital building to the parking garage. The tunnel is nearly 300 feet long with a 90 degree turn in the center of the length. The tunnel is under a vary depth of soil with a designed vehicular loading above.