Flash of Brilliance: Design a centralized energy system to provide critical power.
Rush and GE collaborated on a plan to integrate the decentralized emergency electrical system by designing a Central Energy Plant to provide emergency loads to the campus’s geographically dispersed buildings. The emergency power system is hardwired with redundancy to ensure restoration of critical power within 10 seconds of an outage, as required by the state of Illinois. In a hospital environment, those 10 seconds of downtime can be life-threatening.
GE’s equipment became a lifeline for Rush Hospital Medical Center, beating the 10-second mark with a restoration time of 8.4 seconds. This is an impressive feat for a hospital with 27 buildings that are widely dispersed over 7 square blocks in downtown Chicago.