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Lakeland Regional Health Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children – Eighth Floor

350,000 FT2
Lakeland, FL, USA
Healthcare / Hospitals / Inpatient Facilities / Women’s / Children’s Hospitals / Outpatient Care / High Performance Healthcare / Building Resilience in Healthcare / Infrastructure (CEP) / Master Planning for Hospitals
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Technology / Energy Services / Commissioning / Life Safety and Fire Protection

Certified LEED v2009 Healthcare, 2019

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As one of the fastest-growing communities in Florida, residents of Polk County needed more convenient access to healthcare services for women and children. To meet this need, Lakeland Regional Health selected TLC, a long-time partner, to engineer the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children.

The eight-story pavilion offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for women and children. Featuring Polk County’s only 30-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit, the pavilion provides critical care for infants with acute prematurity. It also houses a full-service children’s emergency department with 33 beds; pediatric surgery department with three pediatric surgery suites, 10-bed post-anesthesia care unit; 17-bed pre/post-operative unit; 17 private labor and delivery suites; and an outpatient obstetric clinic.


Among the engineering features is the ability to convert all 50 patient rooms on the eighth floor into negative-pressure, 100% exhaust rooms. This approach provides a pandemic-ready floor that eliminates the risk of recirculated air. Design measures include:

  • Dedicated exhaust fan with a riser to the roof for the exhaust system
  • Energy usage conservation by allowing the air to be returned during normal operation
  • Disinfection of ductwork when switching between modes
  • Room pressure monitors for all triage rooms and airborne infectious isolation rooms
  • MERV 14 filters in air conditioning systems
  • UV lights in the air handler as supplemental air cleaner

The scope of the project included a new central energy plant as well as replacement of the existing cooling towers and steam boiler systems to serve the entire campus. Through a collaborative project delivery method, Lakeland Regional Health was able to enhance production and efficiency among the team members, resulting in the on-time completion of the project.