Fanwall Technology for Rapid Air Handling Unit Replacement at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital

July 1, 2015

Because building occupants depend on conditioned air, the normally lengthy process of air handling unit (AHU) replacement can have a significant impact on occupant comfort. In hospital environments, however, where AHU functionality plays a vital role in infection control as well as comfort, fast and efficient AHU replacement can be critical. A “fast” replacement project commonly spans a week or more, with substantial impact to the affected facility. Brasfield & Gorrie’s method reduces the replacement time by more than half, resulting in successful replacements in as little as 36 to 48 hours. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital project in Greensboro, North Carolina, provides a model of the company’s method and the outstanding results.


The centerpiece of the Cone Health system, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is a 518-bed hospital on a 63-acre campus. Moses Cone Hospital includes: Moses Cone Heart and Vascular Center, Pediatric Emergency Department, Level II Trauma Center, The Rehabilitation Center, The Neuroscience Center, and Moses Cone Urgent Care Center.

Moses Cone Hospital is also a Primary Stroke Center and offers a wide range of medical and surgical services.

Founded in 1964, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets. We are skilled in construction best practices, including virtual design and construction, integrated project delivery, and lean construction, but we are best known for our preconstruction and self-perform expertise and exceptional client service. Brasfield & Gorrie has 11 offices and approximately 2,600 employees. Our 2014 revenues were $2.2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 27th among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2015.

Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor for Moses Cone Hospital’s $200 million, six-story North Tower construction project that also included the renovation of the existing hospital. The North Tower was completed in June 2013.

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