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Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) Water Mitigation Study

Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Kimley-Horn was selected by Carolinas HealthCare Systems (CHS) to identify risks and vulnerable areas of CHS’s Carolinas Medical Center campus in Charlotte, NC to internal and external flooding, including threats from natural disasters.

As part of this project, the Kimley-Horn team evaluated Medical Center infrastructure including roofs, windows, plumbing, mechanical systems, and water-dependent hospital functions. Project specific risk tools (matrices) were developed to compare the water hazard to the critical function rating of the vulnerability resulting in a risk score. Based on these risks, mitigation strategies and action plans were identified to reduce threats and minimize disruptions to patient care and business.

Subsequently, Kimley-Horn provided a comprehensive mitigation initiative study with risks and recommendations of prevention strategies. The team also developed a 5-year capital plan to decrease flood threats to the campus and a multiyear plan clarifying priority areas, estimated scope, and budget and schedule to implement.