by Todd McGuire, Regional Manager for Commissioning/Facility Optimization
photography courtesy of Asante
As part of a company-wide sustainability initiative, Asante Health System’s project team at the three-story, 196,000 sf Three Rivers Community Hospital are working to make energy-saving and operational improvements to the hospital. Initiatives at this Grants Pass, OR hospital include maximizing energy efficiency, increasing patient and staff comfort, addressing building pressurization issues and reducing operating costs in the ten-year-old facility. Glumac is working with facility staff to implement a number of improvements that were identified and prioritized during the hospital's recent audit/retro-commissioning (RCx) process.
Glumac has provided a comprehensive audit and retro-commissioning report for HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems at Three Rivers. Our services leverage the Owner’s in-house capabilities and staff availability to keep scopes consistent and cost-effective. Our report has helped define a range of savings and improvement options by way of utility bill analysis, site walks and investigation of the building automation system.
Through in-depth staff interviews and field investigations, our team discovered several ways in which the hospital could reduce energy consumption without making major changes to the systems' infrastructure. Working closely with facility staff and Asante management, we developed significant, cost-effective enhancements to provide improvements while meeting code requirements, achieving rebate incentives from the electric utility and incorporating Asante’s financial priorities. This process began in 2010, and completion of the current scope of work is scheduled for Spring 2013.
The following measures are being structured and coordinated with ongoing campus expansion and modernization projects, so as to best integrate with master and capital planning and resource allocation:
Some of the lessons learned from our work providing facility optimization services to Asante as well as other clients include:
We look forward to completing our retro-commissioning activities next spring. We will continue to work with Asante to make sure our implemented measures are resulting in the predicted improvements in operations and energy savings. We are excited to be making Three Rivers Community Hospital a more healthful place for patients and staff.