Bay Medical Office Building

Project addressed the restoration of the 67,400 SF, 6-story Bay Medical Center medical office building that was severely damaged during Hurricane Michael.  The building sat vacant and without power for nearly a year prior to the start of design.


    • Location:  Panama City, FL
    • Project Size: 67,400 SF
    • Cost:  $17,000,000
    • Facility Type: Healthcare
    • Owner:  Ventas, LLC
    • Services:  Electrical and Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineer

The restoration effort included replacing / repairing the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and telecommunications systems that were damaged directly by Hurricane Michael or degraded due to mold and water damage incurred from a year of vacancy. A special focus was put on removing all exterior envelope components such as storefront/curtainwall glazing systems, exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) and galvanized metal stud framing down to the edge of the floor slab.  The goal is to furnish a complete building envelope that provides for moisture and vapor barriers and improved thermal performance which, in turn, provide for higher energy efficiency and reduced life-cycle costs and maintenance requirements and complies with 2017 hurricane code requirements.

Mechanical system restoration included replacing the building’s water-cooled chiller, gas-fired heating hot water boiler, cooling tower PVC fill, hydronic pumps, hydronic specialties, and portions of hydronic piping throughout the building. Three (3) single-zone and six (6) multi-zone variable volume air handling units were restored to original design conditions by rebuilding each air handling unit section. Medium-pressure ductwork was internally cleaned. Variable volume air terminal units, low-pressure ductwork, and air terminal devices were replaced with new. New direct digital controls and a building automation system were provided to remotely monitor and control mechanical systems.

The electrical design included replacing the electrical distribution system and all the interior and exterior lighting with high efficiency LED fixtures controlled by a distributed low voltage lighting system. The system utilizes programmable occupancy sensors, daylight sensing devices, relays, and switches to control the fixtures. Control schemes and lighting power densities are in accordance with ASHRAE 90.1. The control system is capable of expansion as future tenants occupy the building.

The design also included a new fire alarm system and telecommunications rough-in that serves the data, voice, and video requirements of future occupants.

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