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Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS) was contacted by Park Nicollet Health Services to provide a proposal for a new imaging building. At the time, their CT scanner was housed in a cramped basement, and the MRI was located in a mobile unit in the parking lot. Their goal was to upgrade their equipment, and create a space where both their CT scanner and MRI equipment could be located.
Through a standing relationship with an OEM provider, expedited engineering and support was delivered during the entire process and IMS provided Park Nicollet Health Services with a 2,288 sq. foot four module building. The building is located adjacent to the main clinic with a convenient connecting entry and utilizes a section of exterior space that minimizes the loss of parking.
The structure was designed to accept both a 1.5 Tesla MRI and CT scanner. Therefore, it was delivered with Radio Frequency Shielding and Magnetic shielding for the MRI, and lead lined walls, doors and windows to prepare for the CT scanner. This allowed for the total construction disruption period to be approximately 90 days, reducing the construction time by 50 percent or more over conventional construction.
The medical equipment in the building required very specific and varying requirements, including a general humidity level of 40-70 percent that must be maintained in all areas where the equipment operates. A high efficiency HVAC system was designed to meet the strict temperature and humidity requirements of the MRI and CT. Each equipment room has its own dedicated system to condition the areas where highly sensitive medical equipment cabinets are located that run the MRI and CT. The HVAC system was designed to ensure that patient comfort is always maintained in ancillary areas while the equipment that produces heat at various levels based on patient volume, is properly conditioned as well. The building is designed to be updated or modified to accept different MRI or CT equipment in the future, as well as also having the ability to be relocated to another facility if necessary. The speed and knowledge used during this project allowed Park Nicollet Health Services to minimize any cost overruns, and to generate revenue more quickly through an earlier start-up.