Cone Health System: Moses Cone Hospital North Tower


Moses Cone Hospital is a 517-bed tertiary care facility with 240,644 square feet. In addition to patient rooms, the facility includes a cafeteria, an emergency department, and imaging rooms for orthopedics and neurosciences.


In this massive medical facility, there were varying needs for different types of rooms. In addition to state-of-the-art features, they wanted complete control over the building’s technology. For instance, they needed to be able to control the lighting, temperature, and other systems from a central location, and have the ability to remotely monitor and adjust the environment in various rooms. Providing patients with comfort, health, and safety is of utmost importance.


It was the first project in the United States to use active chilled beam cooling technology. HBT provided customized solutions for each of these areas, ensuring that the facility’s critical lab controls were efficiently and reliably integrated into the BACnet interface. The Alerton and Aircuity controls that our team installed are also used for monitoring the building’s temperature, air control, and HVAC systems. There are multiple operating rooms within the facility and each one is controlled via BACnet interface. As with any medical facility, there are critical lab controls in use and HBT successfully tied those into the BACnet interface as well.


The building consistently achieves 40% energy savings over similar projects by using chilled beam technologies and Alerton Control sequences. This system has not only reduced energy usage but also patient temperature complaints and maintenance needs.