DAI worked with Millinocket Regional Hospital and International Wood Fuels in the preparation of an application for a Maine Wood to Energy Grant administered through the Maine Department of Conservation. The grant was for the installation of a new low pressure steam, 75 BHP, wood pellet boiler and accessories. After 3 rounds of grant applications, Millinocket Regional was awarded a grant for the installation of the wood pellet boiler. DAI worked as the Owner’s Representative to review design/build proposals for the execution of the pellet boiler project. The installation of this new wood pellet boiler was completed in February 2013.
In 2010, DAI was selected by Millinocket Regional Hospital to design a $2.9 Million Infrastructure Upgrade Project that encompassed replacement of two (2) non-code compliant 480V service switchboards and associated pad mounted transformers with a new code compliant 2-level GFI protected main switchboard served by a new 1500 KVA pad mounted transformer, existing 250 KW Generator with a 600KW generator, and all automatic transfer switches with new 4-pole Bypass Isolation Type. This project also included the creation of new normal and emergency electric service rooms within the existing building footprint. A 1200A Kirk® Key controlled temporary generator connection box was provided for us during scheduled generator servicing or generator repair.
In addition to electrical upgrades, the infrastructure project included the replacement of one low pressure steam boiler, installation of new combustion air system for boiler room, replacement of boiler feed water systems, replacement of air handling unit serving the Laboratory, replacement of chillers and chilled water pumps, installing domestic water booster pump to stabilize water pressure, replacing medical air compressor, replacement of heat exchanger and installation of variable speed pumps, replacement of domestic hot water piping, upgrades to domestic water heaters and recirculation pumps and upgrades to facility Building Automation System. In anticipation of the addition of the wood pellet boiler, DAI specified new boiler feed water equipment and designed piping distribution in the existing boiler room to simplify the integration of the “future” pellet boiler with the Hospital’s existing infrastructure.