Keeping the Lights on Through the Storm

With a focus on our mission to bring value to our clients through creative problem solving and design that positively impacts our communities, O’Connell Robertson works with hospitals to design generators that provide essential power for critical patient care requirements. An important step in the design process is ensuring the generators are appropriately sized to handle the requested or required loads of power receptacles, egress lighting, or HVAC with fuel tanks large enough to support the desired timeframe for power supply. Our MEP engineers recently worked with Ascension Seton to replace their existing generator with a larger unit to include recent HVAC upgrades and eliminate code deficiencies.

“The new generator and electrical service upgrade at Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital was highly successful and extremely beneficial for the hospital. Ascension Seton appreciates the great job that O’Connell Robertson did with the design and construction phases of the project.” -Phillip Risner, P.E., Sr. Project Manager

Our engineers have the knowledge and expertise to support a generator addition, upgrade, or replacement in any type of facility. In addition to Ascension Seton, O’Connell Robertson has provided MEP engineering services for numerous hospitals, school districts, colleges, and municipalities, including the following recent projects:

  • Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital: Replacement of the existing generator to meet code requirements for an essential system to serve life safety, critical, and equipment branches.
  • Liberty County Shelter: Addition of a new generator to support the County’s emergency shelter in the event of inclement weather.
  • Fire Station #20 (City of Austin): Addition of a new generator to provide emergency power and prevent a potential break in emergency communications systems.
  • Alamo Colleges Police Department: Addition of a new generator to remain 24-hour operational at the district’s redundant emergency dispatch center.
  • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges): Addition of new generators to four different buildings to serve the existing fire pumps. These generators provide an alternate secondary electrical source in addition to the campus’ own electrical distribution system.
  • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges): Addition of a new generator to maintain the HVAC system in the main distribution frame (MDF) telecom room serving the entire campus.
  • Belton High School (Belton ISD): Addition of a new generator for select HVAC, IT, and receptacle loads.
  • McCombs Field (University of Texas at Austin): Relocation of the existing generator to accommodate the addition of a new Player Development Center.
  • Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD: Addition of new generators to four different campuses to keep kitchen walk-in freezers/coolers and medication refrigerators active in an emergency situation.

O’Connell Robertson works with each client to understand their unique needs, meet code requirements, and provide customized engineering design services for generators. Whether clients need a new generator or to replace or relocate an existing generator, our engineers will find the right solution for you. For more information on our expertise in this area, contact Ted Davison at