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Decentralized Boiler Systems Help University Improve Efficiency and Comfortability

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Decentralized Boiler Systems Help University Improve Efficiency and Comfortability

Industry: Higher Education

Customer Profile: Alfred University is a private university founded in 1836 in Alfred, New York. The University has a student population of around 1,600 undergraduates and nearly 150 graduate students. The 232-acre campus has more than 50 academic and residential buildings with an additional 400 acres of nearby recreational land.

Challenge: The University planned on utilizing its existing steam central heating plant for a new, state-of-the-art educational foundry on campus. However, some of the buildings on campus were built in the early 1860s Civil War era, so creating boiler rooms while maintaining historic attributes proved to be a challenge. The University sought after an energy-efficient solution that would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and create utilities and maintenance savings.

Stark Solution: Stark’s Implementation, Equipment, and Integration teams worked together to evaluate all options for the University and landed on several steam and hot water satellite heating systems for 10 of the buildings on campus. These systems will provide energy for the University to heat the campus’s interior spaces while reducing maintenance costs and providing safer operations.

Result: Due to the pandemic and the affects it had on the market, this project was aggressively bid and under budget. Almost 90% of the construction contingency was returned to the University at the end of the project. This resulted in the project coming in over 40% under the initial development budget.

The University received $100,000 in utility rebates and is expected to realize over $150,000 in annual energy and operational savings.

Now, with satellite boilers and modernized controls, each building Stark’s team has worked on is safer and more comfortable for its occupants, more energy efficient, and easier for facility personnel to operate and maintain.

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