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Emergency Generator Testing

July 30, 2010

Expect Noise from Emergency Generator Testing Near Colby Campus
Testing Required by the Washington State Department of Health

From Aug. 4-16, emergency generator testing is being done at the Providence Utility Building that is under construction on 13th St. in Everett, across the street from the Colby Campus of Providence Regional Medical Center. This testing, which is required by the Washington State Department of Health, will create louder than normal construction noise during the weekdays.

Where the noise comes from

During this time, the generators will run intermittently—but the noise level will be louder than that of normal operation or monthly testing. This is because the generators need to be tested at their maximum capacity. The greatest noise will not come from the generators themselves, but from three temporary, trailer-mounted “load banks”—devices that create an electrical load to test the generators. These load banks have large heating elements with very large fans, which create noise that is significantly louder than the generators themselves.

What to expect

On Aug. 4, emergency generator testing will begin.
From Aug. 9-13, the load banks will operate for sustained periods of time from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
On Aug. 16, any final testing will occur, and the load bank trailers will be removed from the site.

Minimizing the impact on neighbors

Providence Regional and Mortenson Construction are working to minimize any inconvenience to our neighbors from this testing. A letter has been sent to neighbors, and Mortenson is also working to talk with the neighbors closest to the testing area in person.

If you have questions about the generator testing, please contact Darren Redick, vice president of Support Services, at 425-258-7812.

Cheri Russum, Providence Regional Medical Center 425-304-0591