Hospital Adapts to Site Constraints With Underground Chambers

Sept. 6, 2016

A new branch of St. Luke’s University Health Network located in Monroe County, Pa., is expected to open in the fall of 2016. As the first new hospital to be built in the county in 100 years, it will be equipped with the latest technology.

The 193,000-sq-ft hospital occupies the majority of the site, so its corresponding storm water management system was constructed under a small adjacent parking lot.

Due to the confined area beneath the parking lot, the engineers needed a storm water management system that could accommodate the site constraints while also handling large volumes of storm water. Engineers specified a combination of CULTEC Inc.’s Recharger 280HD and 902HD storm water chambers. The 280HD chambers were installed in a double-stacked, tiered system to optimize storage in a tight configuration that allowed for deeper burial. 

The 48-in.-high, high-capacity 902HD model was installed in three additional basins. A total of nearly 172,000 cu ft of water storage were provided by the four systems in an area of just more than 1 acre.

The design team at CULTEC worked closely with the project team to modify the chambers around the site’s unique configuration. The teams used a combination of the manufacturer’s products to account for the varied site depth requirements and volume criteria for the project.

Because the chambers can stagger runs and dodge obstacles while satisfying preferred design layouts, the design allowed for a swift, unhindered installation.

The Stroudsburg, Pa., location of St. Luke’s University Health Network will be completed years ahead of schedule, in the fall of 2016.