Rady Children’s Hospital

Case study

Rady Children's Hospital Optimizes Efficiency and Air Quality

Rady Children’s Hospital sought to make key upgrades to their facility to optimize occupant health and improve overall efficiency.

SC Engineers served as the Mechanical Engineer of Record for the new five-story acute care hospital and central utility plant(CUP) upgrade, resulting in California’s first LEED Certified hospital.

Customer Needs

Rady Children’s Hospital sought to optimize their facility by:

  • Enhancing energy-efficiency
  • Reducing costs
  • Improving indoor air quality for occupant health
Key Strategies Implemented

The project achieved a rating of 23% below Title 24 requirements for energy efficiency by utilizing the LEED Energy Cost Budget methodology.

In addition to an upgrade of the existing campus central plant, SC Engineers implemented sustainable design features such as:

  • Occupancy sensors in operating rooms
  • Variable frequency drives on air handling unit motors for fan speed adjustment
  • CO2 monitoring for high occupancy areas to optimize ventilation rates
  • Supply air temperature reset strategy
  • 24,000 sq. ft. cogeneration plant
  • Variable frequency drives on cooling tower fans and hot water pumps
MEP Contracting
Fabrication, Process, + Controls
San Diego, CA
project size
279,000 SF
Year Completed
Net Zero incentives

First LEED Certified hospital in California


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