UW Health TAC | General Heating and Air Conditioning

UW Health TAC, An Innovative Madison Landmark

The UW Health at the American Center campus spans nearly 500,000 square feet on Madison’s East side. Close coordination between all parties was at an all time high to maintain a timely schedule with the use of BIM and Revit software for all building models.

A project that will span nearly two years, the University of Wisconsin Health at The American Center is already buzzing on the east side of Madison. The hospital will be referred to as UW TAC which stands for The American Center.

UW TAC will feature state of the art equipment and will be a full patient hospital including 14 operating rooms. In addition to operating rooms, the hospital will provide ambulatory and sports medicine/wellness, a utility plant, parking garage, and is designed for future expansion. Both General Heating and Air Conditioning and Hooper Corporation were involved in early planning and target value pricing for this important facility. Early collaboration with J.H. Findorff, the design teams of Flad Architects and Affiliated Engineers, in addition to very engaged owners (UW Health), has made the start of this project well coordinated and efficient.

With the ability to have early trade involvement, all parties have been able to use their talents, creating an exceptional planning and project management rapport. GHAC is working in full collaboration with J.H. Findorff and their design team. Due to project size and complexity, GHAC will have a full CAD team onsite throughout the project. GHAC is installing steam boilers, chillers, a heat recovery chiller, and air handling units, all of which will be installed in the central utility plant. Steam, chilled water, and medical gas will travel through the utility tunnel system to the main hospital building.

This is a unique project because all construction coordination will be built through BIM and Revit software. Since the building will cover nearly 500,000 square feet, BIM design is at an all time high level. This hospital is also set for LEED Certification which is very rare for the hospital industry. Construction on UW TAC began in July, but collaboration between contractors and the owner began last fall. The project is expected to finish in 2015.