MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that it has been awarded an $11.9-million contract with the University of Kentucky to install integrated technology systems for the new Albert B. Chandler Hospital at the school's medical campus in Lexington, Ky. The project will use the latest building technologies to meet environmental, security and regulatory requirements critical to the healthcare industry.
Honeywell was selected by a university evaluation committee to manage the integrated technology project, which includes building automation, lighting, fire alarm, security, nurse call and telecommunication systems. The 1.2-million-square-foot patient care facility, which includes capacity for more than 480 beds, will replace the university's existing hospital and provide diagnostic, treatment and emergency care as the only Level One trauma center in the region.
"We have a long history of helping hospitals boost comfort, safety and energy efficiency," said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. "The new University of Kentucky hospital will be one of the most sophisticated medical facilities in the country, from a patient care and facility management perspective."
As part of the contract, Honeywell will help build the hospital's telecommunications and information technology (IT) infrastructure, creating the 'central nervous system' of the facility on which all network-based systems will reside and communicate.
The company will also install and integrate several building control systems including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), fire alarm, and access control and digital video equipment. Honeywell will tie these systems together via a facility management platform that provides a cohesive, detailed view of all building technology from a central workstation. The system will control comfort, air quality and energy use to help administrators meet the complex regulatory requirements designed to keep patients and staff healthy, safe and secure. For example, the technology will help:
Along with HVAC, life-safety and security equipment, Honeywell will install the Hill-Rom NaviCare® Nurse Call system to help connect patients and caregivers. The system will provide a geographic view of where nurses are located across the facility using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and a wireless mesh network, allowing faster communication when patients request assistance. Intelligent alerts also can automatically be sent from a patient's bed directly to the caregiver, improving response times during medical emergencies.
The hospital, which is being built by Turner Construction, is expected to open in phases beginning with its emergency department in summer 2010. Once construction is complete, Honeywell will provide ongoing fire alarm inspection and testing services.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com. Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Building Solutions, access www.honeywell.com/buildingsolutions.
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