Hospital Campus Infrastructure Evaluation, Master Plan, and Upgrade
VA Boise Medical Center
Boise, ID

Thorough electrical evaluation on medical campus

Main service switchhouse replacement

Expansion of underground utilities


Due to several inadvertent aged equipment failures of the utility infrastructure serving the VA Boise Medical Center campus, Wood Harbinger was contracted to perform a detailed evaluation of the utility service entrance equipment, the emergency power generation systems, the campus 12.47 kV normal and emergency distribution systems, and the existing normal and emergency services conditions at each building serving as business, clinical, and patient care facilities.

Since the timing of this effort was essential to the elimination of further utility interruptions and systems failures, it was imperative that the recommended corrective actions, the short term and long term master plan, and pertinent cost estimates be assembled as quickly and accurately as possible.

After this investigation, several design and construction phases have followed:

  • Phase A – Task 1 was the replacement and expansion of the Main Service Switchhouse;
  • Task 1a was the replacement and expansion of the underground manhole and raceway systems;
  • Task 1b was the replacement of all existing underground feeders and building service transformers;
  • Task 2 was the construction support services for Tasks 1a and 1b;
  • Task 3 was the development and full design of a combination emergency and optional standby, 12 kV, diesel-power generation plant to provide centralized, essential emergency services, and 100% standby service to the entire campus;
  • Task 4 is under construction. This task will furthered the building-by-building separation of services evaluation study and cost estimate; and
  • Task 5 developed the step-by-step retrofit design and construction document for upgrading the normal and emergency power services to each building.

Future task orders are in place to upgrade the low voltage normal and emergency power systems for each building following the building services equipment upgrade effort.