UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH IN GALVESTON
UTMB IN GALVESTON CONSISTS OF THREE HOSPITALS AND 90 BUILDINGS ACROSS 85 ACRES, NEARLY 3200 STUDENTS AND MORE THAN 900 FACULTY.
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MISSION CRITICAL Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Marcel Blanchard, Associate Vice President, Utility Operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Lana Coble CPC, Project Executive at Tellepsen Builders, and Lynn Crawford, Market Leader for Energy and Utilities at Affiliated Engineers, Inc., about how combined heat and power is helping UTMB save money and prepare for future natural disasters.
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston consists of three hospitals and 90 buildings across 85 acres, nearly 3200 students across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and 12 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and more than 900 faculty. Even at 125 years old, UTMB remains at the forefront of global medicine, housing one of just three Level I Trauma Centers in Southeast Texas, and one
of only two national labs dedicated to the study of infectious diseases in the Galveston National Lab, which includes a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facility. But all this was under threat in 2008, when Hurricane Ike made its final landfall on Galveston Island. One million square feet of UTMB buildings were flooded with seawater, causing campus power and utility systems to fail. UTMB’s two heating and cooling plants were badly damaged, and the steam distribution system was destroyed. “Quite honestly, we thought we were well-prepared for hurricanes,” says Marcel Blanchard, Associate Vice President, Utility Operations