Orange County Register features all-electric UCI Health — Irvine
Central utility plant to provide clean power to medical campus
April 27, 2023
IN THE NEWS: UCI Health — Irvine, a 1.2 million-square-foot medical campus with 800,000 square feet of clinical space, will be powered by clean energy generated by a state-of-the-art central utility plant running on solar and electric power.
Joe Brothman, director of facilities and general services at UCI Health, spoke to the Orange County Register about the 45,000-square-foot plant and its chillers, which heat and cool the hospital.
“They’re highly efficient; they run 24/7. They are a good example of the technology that we are going to be going live with in Irvine that we’ve been using for a half decade now.”
Because the hospital will be the first all-electric one in the country, the central utility plant building and equipment will undergo extensive testing. Design, mechanical and construction teams will develop a “sequence of operations” to test various typical hospital scenarios.
UCI Health — Irvine, a new medical complex under construction at the north end of the UC Irvine campus, will bring unparalleled expertise and the finest evidence-based care that only an academic medical system can offer to the communities of coastal and south Orange County.
As part of UCI Health — which includes the flagship UCI Medical Center in Orange, Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and multiple outpatient care locations — the new 1.2 million-square-foot campus will offer key clinical programs in oncology, digestive health, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and spine surgery.
The nation’s first all-electric, carbon-neutral medical center, UCI Health — Irvine will be home to:
- The Joe C. Wen & Family UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, a five-story, 168,000-square-foot medical facility offering the full range of multidisciplinary specialty care for children and adults under a single roof, urgent care services, the Center for Children’s Health and the UCI Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders — Opening spring 2024
- The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building, a five-story, 225,000-square-foot tower with 36 private exam rooms, numerous infusion bays and operating rooms — Opening 2024
- A seven-story, 350,000-square-foot, acute care hospital with 144 inpatient beds, 10 operating suites and a 24-hour emergency department with 20 treatment rooms — Opening 2025