Snowbird Power Systems replaced and relocated the existing cogeneration facility with a new cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP) facility. The new facility will cover nearly all of the energy needs of Snowbird’s entire resort, including The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Center, The Aerial Tram and other chairlifts. This new plant also reduces Snowbird’s dependency on the traditional electric grid, meaning the resort will be almost entirely energy independent, more efficient, and coal free. The new system will save 62,000 dekatherms of natural gas per year, which is the equivalent of 789 passenger vehicles for one year.


The Chandler Regional Medical Center Patient Tower is a much needed addition to the campus in order to meet the increasing healthcare needs of Chandler and the surrounding communities. The project began construction in December of 2011 and was completed in June 2014.

VBFA provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering for this five-story tower that adds 96 beds and expands the capacity of the medical center’s emergency services, medical-surgical unit, adds 32 intensive care rooms, 6 additional operating suites and the addition of a chapel. The project also adds new emergency generators that are designed to support the emergency services to the building and central plant.


The Target Financial projects include Building B Cooling Tower Replacement, LED Parking Garage Lighting, IT Room Metering Buildings A & B, Interior Remodel – Buildings A & B, EPO Switch – Buildings A & B, Building A Cooling Tower Replacement and Energy Analysis. We served as the Engineer of Record for these projects. The Cooling Tower projects are the only design projects to have been reviewed by the City of Tempe and have received their permits without comments from the plan review staff.

Many of the associated projects required systems remain operational during all phases of construction. The Cooling Tower Replacement needed to have 3 methods of redundancy at all times. In order to accomplish this task the original tower was kept in place and operational until the new one was installed. A temporary chiller was kept on-site in case of power failure along with multiple electrical feeds, a temporary backup generator and UPS power.


The University of Utah James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building is home to the Brain Institute, the Nano Institute, the Bioengineering Department, as well as numerous USTAR researchers and students. The 208,000 square-foot building features clean room space, materials characterization suite, wet lab and computing space, as well as meeting and public areas. VBFA provided mechanical engineering services for this structure, which includes multi-stage evaporative systems that include energy recovery and ventilation for class 100, 1000, and 10,000 clean rooms.


The ASU Student Health Services Building Expansion and Renovation project achieved LEED Platinum Certification. We evaluated the building systems for the entire facility, which was constructed in 1968, for maintenance and upgrade purposes that included mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire alarm / suppression systems.

The Campus Health Service (CHS) provides community health needs at the Health Services Building. The building includes areas for primary, specialty-consult, urgent ambulatory care, clinical laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and a complementary medicine wing. The addition/renovation separates urgent, specialty, and primary care into distinct areas plus adds a fast-track area with its own exterior access and includes a new women’s health area.

ASU, as a state agency, is required by the Arizona Revised Statutes to comply with the State Historic Preservation Act. Therefore, the design of the addition was required to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and needed to be reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

The primary historic preservation concern for this project was the relationship of an addition to the Alumni Lawn and the two National Register-listed properties, Old Main and the University Club to the west; and Palm Walk to the east.


Caris is a medical testing and research development company that conducts medical testing for diseases such as cancer and DNA and prescription drug research. We provided the complete mechanical, plumbing, and electrical design for this 63,000 sq. ft. research lab. The project includes multiple lab areas, office support space and a complete central plant with chillers, cooling towers, boilers, pumps and emergency generators. A security system was also included.

This project was moderately complex due to chiller plant and laminar air flow requirements, close tolerances on temperature control, efficient/sustainable heat recovery, high efficiency indirect lighting, special lighting controls, security systems and a generator/emergency UPS back-up power system.


One of Utah’s largest construction projects, with over 1.3 million square feet, the Intermountain Medical Center houses a host of engineering innovations to address the diverse needs of a full service medical campus. Van Boerum & Frank Associates was selected by Anshen and Allen Architects to be the Mechanical Engineers to provide these engineering innovations. Redundant water line connections, a tunnel backbone system, low temperature operating rooms and use of HVAC Systems’ specialized design software are examples of VBFA’s innovative engineering. Within the walls of the Intermountain Medical Center there are examples of every conceivable situation that an engineer can encounter in the design of a medical facility. With each design challenge that was encountered, VBFA chose to be pro-active in providing designs that were high in quality and reliability and were innovative in their approach. Knowing this, the designs that were used can serve to be the model for future state-of-the-art work in the field of engineering. Many of Van Boerum & Frank’s designs at the Intermountain Medical Center were conceived with saving energy in mind and thus provide the owner long term economic benefits. Unique primary and secondary pumping systems, analysis of humidification and economizing costs and application of water side economizing all provided ways of saving the owner operating costs. The sheer size of the campus and the diversity of systems and use required that the mechanical consultant be experienced and capable of designing a complex medical campus. Thousands of pieces of equipment needed to be selected. Hundreds of drawing sheets needed to be produced. The efforts of over 40 engineers needed to be coordinated. To accomplish all this, a broad base of knowledge and expertise was required. Van Boerum & Frank knew what was required and what was unique about each area of the hospital and was able to provide a state of the art design for each. In today’s health care environment, specialized and complex analysis and procedures are required to stay competitive. State-of-the-art facilities are an absolute necessity to the survival of a patient care system. The mechanical system that are necessary to support those state-of-the-art facilities are required to be state-of-the-art themselves. Van Boerum & Frank is proud to say that they provided just such systems. The campus opened for patient use on October 29, 2007: the date had been planned for several years. The project was delivered on time, and on the opening day, patients were treated at a facility that will be the flag ship of the Intermountain Health Care system for many years to come.