Moran Eye Center

Project Description

Moran_2.jpgWe provided electrical solutions during the construction of the Moran Eye Center, a Utah Division of Facilities Construction Management (DFCM) project on the University of Utah’s campus.

The facility consists of a six-story building and a five-story building united by a common atrium, with three levels of underground parking. The multifunctional facility specializes in research and eye care and houses operating rooms, offices, outpatient care clinics, and research and development labs.

Scope of Work

A key portion of our work was the construction and design of a new high-voltage power source fed with 3,000-amp service distributed through underground raceways. Moran_1_crop350.jpgWe utilized the campus’s existing manholes and conduit systems and excavated and installed new duct banks for additional feeds. Simultaneously, we completed an additional duct bank to feed the Warnock Engineering building.

The power distribution system also features:

  • Transformers and branch panels on each level of the building for 277/480 and 120/208 volt systems
  • Buss duct throughout the lab portion of the building
  • Power for an heating and cooling central plant in the facility’s basement
  • Two backup generators to keep operating and emergency care functioning in case of an outage

In addition to power, our team provided a range of other specialty electrical systems, including:

  • Fire alarmMoran_3.jpg
  • Security
  • Cable tray for data systems
  • Very early smoke detection apparatus (VESDA)
  • Highly sophisticated lighting and heating controls systems to ensure the safety of the animals in the Vivarium portion of the facility

Unique Attributes

The eye center provided a number of challenges, both in terms of the unique electrical systems the facility required and the logistical hurdles of the campus environment.

The high-traffic, congested work site was very restricted, requiring us to orchestrate partial road closures with city and university personnel.

Further cooperation with the university was required as we tied the facility’s new high-voltage cable into the existing switch yard, in order to safely coordinate outages and guarantee the university and Primary Children’s Hospitals stayed operational.

Lastly, the vivarium portion of the facility included a highly sophisticated lighting and heating control system to ensure the safety and care of the animals. All of the controls, power and communication portions were completed by our team.