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University Doubles Down on Energy Efficiency With Siemens
Performance Contract. Sweeping Campus Infrastructure
Project Will Dramatically Reduce Energy Consumption, Put Local
Contractors to Work and Create New Local Skilled Trades Jobs .
broader in scope than Phase 1, Phase 2 aims to partially
decentralize FAMU's obsolete central steam plant heating
system--an element of the overall project that will put local
contractors to work and prompt a local mechanical systems
company on the project to hire several additional employees to
do the job.
"Our first project with Siemens
gave us the opportunity to see first hand the financial and
operational effectiveness of performance contracting," said FAMU
President James H. Ammons. "We are moving forward with Phase
2--a project that will yield tremendous energy savings and
support campus sustainability measures far into the future."
The 18-month project which began in May includes a multitude of
facility infrastructure improvements including the steam system
infrastructure renovation, an advanced solar-thermal heating
system for the swimming pool, central chilled water and steam
plant improvements, building automation improvements and
ventilation and dehumidification improvements for the library.
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Because plans call
for partial decentralization of the steam heating plant and the
implementation of other facility improvement measures to campus'
buildings, energy savings will be dramatic. For example, natural
gas consumption will be reduced 42.6 percent which represents an
annual equivalent savings of $706,204. Electricity consumption
will be reduced 12.1 percent, creating some $563,909 in
equivalent cost savings on top of reductions and savings that
came from implementing Phase 1.
Siemens longstanding experience delivering performance contracts
to institutions of higher education served to boost the
confidence of school officials rightly anxious about the
ambitions of the project. "On many levels Siemens worked with
the FAMU facilities personnel to help them understand that other
universities with similar campus profiles in the southern United
States have successfully decentralized their steam systems,"
said Dave Hopping, vice president and building automation
business unit lead for Siemens Building Technologies. "We worked
closely with these schools so FAMU officials could see for
themselves how well these improvements can work to increase
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