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Allina | Abbott Northwestern Emergency Department

Reliable systems when you need them most.

Facts & Stats



Abbott Northwestern


Market Type


Two diamonds

Square Footage

40,000 SF



Minneapolis, Minnesota


Completion Date



Global Impact Stat

45,000 Patients treated annually.

These phases were carefully thought out as to not give up any critical functions within the department during any given phase. Each of these phases were considered during the design phase and accommodations were included within the design to ensure smooth transitions of equipment replacement and utility shutdowns that would limit disruption to the active patient areas.

The renovation included mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP/FP) infrastructure upgrades and enhancements that were necessary due to fragmented and deficient systems from varying vintages of construction in the hospital. The end result is cohesive systems that operate to serve the department as a whole. We worked closely with Abbott to develop various options to consolidate the MEP/FP systems within the limits of the budget and construction phasing. Examples include piping design strategies which gave Abbott redundancy and flexibility with the critical plumbing / medical gas infrastructure and consolidating multiple heating systems to exclusively serve the ED and revising electrical normal and essential system power distribution from both Main Hospital and Heart Hospital sources. The newly designed systems also allows for future growth within the department.

We attribute a portion of the projects success to the extensive field surveying completed to ensure accurate documentation of the existing systems. The survey results were analyzed and used to determine infrastructure needs and limitations. For instance, the Architect was provided a drawing showing all of the hidden chases and shafts that served major infrastructure that would have been extremely costly to move or relocate. This was done during the schematic design phase, so that the Architect could incorporate these limitations while their design was still fluid. All elements of design were incorporated into a BIM model to ensure coordination among the trades prior to installation. This saved an incredible amount of time during construction, minimizing down time of the Emergency Department.

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