CT Scanner Suite
C&S designed HVAC, plumbing, medical gases and life safety system renovations to install a new computed tomography (CT) machine serving the emergency department at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. The new Emergency Department CT suite became medically necessary due to the increasing patient load that resulted from SUNY Upstate’s designation as the regions Trauma Center. Space for the CT suite was developed from an area that had been used for physical therapy and occupational therapy. Long term plans included moving those therapy functions to the recently acquired SUNY Upstate at Community Hospital.
The renovations created a three room suite consisting of CT imaging room, control room, and CT equipment room. The details of the design were coordinated with the CT manufacturer’s requirements, in addition to satisfying requirements of the Facilities Guideline Institute’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities. HVAC design includes a new chilled water air handler equipped with final filters to serve the suite and a dedicated computer room unit to serve the CT equipment room. Space was very constricted, limiting installation of the air handling unit to above an adjacent ceiling. The unit selected had to be extremely quiet because the space below the ceiling is a conference room. During operation, there is no perceptible sound in the room below the unit. Medical gases were also provided at various locations in the suite, and fire detection and sprinklers were designed for this critical patient area. Construction was implemented through a combination of the hospital’s own general construction forces, with outside mechanical and electrical contractors.