Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Sprinkler Design

Montefiore Medical Center, North Division, Bronx, NY — Hyperbaric Suite


Montefiore Medical Center was expanding its hyperbaric suite, and because the renovation was a change of use, it required approval and filing with the Department of Health and the NYC Building Department.

As the prime consultant, MEP designed completely new mechanical, plumbing and sprinkler alteration construction documents. They included a new HVAC system to complement the existing infrastructure, complete electrical rewiring, new plumbing fixtures, and a new sprinkler system.

Hyperbaric Renovation and Expansion

Facility Description

Montefiore Medical Center, North Division is formerly the Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. It consists of 369 inpatients beds, 7 operating rooms and is operated by more than 500 physicians with 2000 supporting staff. The healthcare complex is composed of several adjoining buildings of one to seven stories in height. This project is located on the ground floor of the main seven story building (approximately a total of 280,000 s.f. in size). The building is mechanically served by a multitude of air handling equipment installed in the early 1980’s. The air distribution system is comprised of various constant volume air handlers.

Project Origin and Goals

The scope of work for this project consists of a complete space renovation of approximately 1,500 s.f of the existing suite and an additional 500 s.f. expansion. Architect Mascioni & Behrmann was the architect of record for the project. The suite was designed to accommodate five new class B hyperbaric chambers and included three supporting exam rooms, soiled utility, new toilet, reception area, waiting area, clean supply, and administration area.

MEP as the prime consultants of the project MEP was responsible to design 100% of the mechanical, plumbing, and sprinkler alteration construction documents.

The space underwent a complete change of use. Therefore, all of the mep services were virtually completely removed. As such, filing with the Department of Health and NYC Building Department was required. And administration of filing and compliance with 10 NYCRR Section 711 and all pertinent technical standards was included under the scope of MEP’s services.

Site Findings and Solutions

HVAC — MEP designed a new distribution system in compliance with AIA and NYC Building Code. A constant volume system was design to complement the existing infrastructure and dedicated exhaust for the isolation room was provided.

Plumbing — The design called to install twenty five new plumbing fixtures including a commercial clothes washer and dryer. Eight medical gas service points containing medical air, oxygen, and medical vacuum were installed.

Electrical — The complete suite was rewired for power, lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarm, and nurse’s call.

Sprinkler — The main branches running within the suite were reused and new branch piping was provided to feed new head locations throughout the space.


MEP completed the design within schedule and the project was filed with both the Department of Health and NYC Department of Buildings.