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Universal Health Services, Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center

Replacement Facility

Reno, NV

UHS Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center is a 300,000 square feet, four stories greenfield hospital located just south of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in “The Biggest Little City in the World” Reno, Nevada.

This facility was designed to meet high owner expectations for energy performance while achieving multiple rounds of value engineering review to help meet budget constraints.  Notable design features of these systems include the following for the high-performance environment of care and energy goals of this project, which achieved 2 Green Globes Certification for New Construction for sustainability efforts during the design and delivery process :

  • 1,400 ton High-Efficiency Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller Plant with water side economizer free cooling and infinitely Variable Chilled Water Plant optimization algorithm.
  • 600 horsepower 95% Efficient Dual Fuel Condensing Boiler plant serving building heating and building domestic hot water loads.
  • 200 tons of Exhaust Air Cooling Energy Recovery.
  • 75 boiler HP of Exhaust Air Heating Energy Recovery.


300,000 SF


Universal Health Services, Inc.


Earl Swensson Associates


Two Green Globes