Medical center cuts energy and other costs with new mechanical systems
The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) in Northport, N.Y., occupies a 277-acre medical campus that consists of a main hospital building and numerous support buildings. The center provides a full complement of health care services to the area’s community of military veterans.
The center recently completed the replacement of its cooling towers and related chiller plant systems under a federal contract task order. ConEdison Solutions, a national energy services company, served as prime contractor in completion of the project.
The NVAMC medical complex expects to reduce its electricity consumption costs by approximately $90,000 per year, while reaping $1 million in annual savings by eliminating rental costs associated with the use of temporary equipment. The new mechanical systems will also enable the facility to substantially decrease its carbon footprint. The center incurred no upfront construction expenses as a result of the equipment upgrade.
The project was completed in November 2016. Upon formal acceptance of the project from NVAMC management, the installed equipment became property of the U.S. government. At that point, the federal government began paying for the construction and all construction-related costs using the annual savings generated by the equipment installations and upgrades. The savings take into account the money saved by the reduction of energy costs, reduction of operations and maintenance costs and the elimination of costs such as rental fees.
Under the terms of the Federal Utility Energy Services Contract, ConEdison Solutions’ duties included design, construction, commissioning and the measurement and verification of energy savings associated with replacement of the hospital’s cooling towers. In addition to replacing the rooftop towers, the company also replaced vertical risers, four condenser water pumps, four chilled water pumps and a condenser. In addition, the firm also replaced the chilled water piping that connects the equipment cited above and a chiller plant control system.
“We are grateful to ConEdison Solutions and National Grid for acting swiftly to deliver a long-term, money-saving solution to our center’s cooling and infrastructure needs,” says Philip Moschitta, NVAMC’s director. National Grid was the winner of the federal contract task order for the project.
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