Case Studies

Efficiency

OptimumLOOP Delivers Operational Efficiencies and Beats Expected Cost Savings

Since 2009, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been implementing a multiphase energy efficiency program. The primary contractor, Johnson Controls, brought in partner Optimum Energy to perform an ESA, which proved that optimizing the chiller plants across the campus would deliver significant energy savings.

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Fire

Performance-Based Fire Protection at New Football Practice Facility

Too often, when educational facilities look to add unique or architecturally impactful buildings on campus, restrictive fire codes put a damper on designs or threaten to significantly increase costs and compromise functionality. However, Clemson University, which recently constructed a new state-of-the-art home for its 2016 NCAA championship football team, was able to rethink conventional wisdom with a radical, more flexible approach to fire code interpretations.

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Ventilation

Intelligent Ventilation System Enables Creation of Energy-Efficient “Smart Labs”

Scientific research labs represent a huge portion of the energy demand of a university campus: in many cases, as much as two-thirds of a campus’ energy use can be attributed to research labs. While it may seem clear that labs would be a great place to start when looking to go greener and reduce energy demand, the difficulty of doing so without sacrificing safety can often pose a roadblock.

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Telecommunications

Amtrak HQ Project Showcases Long-Term Connectivity Solution

Even before Amtrak began the renovation of the National Guard Building, which would become its new 82,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Washington DC, the national railroad was determined to create a state-of-the-art facility. Its goal was to create one of the most modern and sophisticated telecommunications systems available.

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Flooring

City Hall Restores, Protects and Maintains Original Flooring Features

In an effort to reduce maintenance and streamline the cleaning and protective process for the building’s more than 11,000 square-feet of terrazzo flooring, the City of Henderson sought an efficient long-term solution.

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MHP Medical Center Relies on the Alerton Ascent Building Management System

Ranked three times in the Top 100 “Most Wired Hospitals in America” with the most advanced computer systems, according to Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, Major Health Partners relies on state-of-the-art technology to provide quality care. The Alerton Ascent building management system they rely on helps MHP save close to $360,000 in energy costs annually.

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Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Comfort, Care & Sustainability

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The St. Jude campus comprises 66 acres with more than 5-million-square-feet of building space, over half of which is dedicated to research; operating and maintaining these facilities is a daunting challenge.

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Lighting

Florida Campuses Use Cree LED Lighting for Energy Savings Plan

The university elected to go with Cree® VG Series LED parking structure luminaires. The VG Series is designed to deliver optimal, low-glare illumination with a revolutionary optical system. With the 10-year limited warranty, the VG Series eliminates the need for spot or group re-lamping.

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Classrooms

Full View Sectional Doors Create More Flexible and Dynamic School Classrooms

After successfully passing a bond issue in 2013, work quickly began on the nearly $8 million, 66,000 square-foot renovation and expansion project at Elysian K-8 School, which can now accommodate up to 480 students. Plans called for creating an innovative educational environment that would surpass any other in the region.

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Chiller

Anti-Microbial Option Reduces Risk of Legionnaires’ Disease in Chiller/Cooling Tower Applications

A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study involving 196 cooling towers nationwide found that 84 percent contained Legionella DNA, indicating that the dangerous bacteria that causes a severe, even fatal type of pneumonia were present or had been at some point. This means the real question is not ‘if there will be another outbreak’ but only ‘where and when’ it will occur.

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