Building Controls & Services, Inc. (BCS)

St. Catherine Hospital Strategic Energy and MX Program

What the Judges Said…

“The project saved almost $200,000 in the first year and achieved a $1 million cost avoidance. St. Catherine should be commended for being a leader in making improvements that will help not only their patients, but also our planet.”

St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas partnered with Building Controls & Services (BCS) to address temperature and humidity compliance issues in critical care areas, decrease energy costs, and save time responding to issues. BCS conducted a condition assessment and identified building systems improvements.

A central plant and building analysis discovered a design and recent modification that was causing insufficient flow to parts of the 132-bed hospital. Piping modifications, equipment repairs, and new building technologies optimized chiller plant and surgical suites operations. The improvements resulted in regulatory compliance, capital cost avoidance, chiller plant and critical care optimizations, and confidence in chiller capacity keeping redundancy, according to BCS.

St. Catherine implemented the BCS Building Intelligence Program (BIP), a platform that overlays facility automation systems to track real-time performance data. Maintenance staff can monitor, analyze, and run reports in real time to make informed facility operations decisions and improve service.

Many firms had told St. Catherine that they had to expand their central plant to address regulatory challenges. BCS partnered with hospital staff and, upon determining that the plant should support the load requirement, the teams focused on optimizing the plant rather than trying to sell hospital equipment.

After repairing existing equipment, upgrading the controls system, and setting KPIs, the system is running effectively at a third of the previous flow, BCS reports. The nurses in critical care areas received dashboards showing real-time performance so they can quickly check compliance levels and notify staff of any issue. The maintenance team has moved from reactive to a proactive maintenance approach.

BCS reports that its strategic energy and maintenance program saved the hospital $199,800 in the first year, and $1 million by avoiding the expansion of their central plant. The hospital’s key challenges of maintaining proper temperature and humidity in critical care areas, reducing energy cost and deferred maintenance, and improving building technologies were fulfilled. Three years after implementation, the projected savings continue to exceed projections, BCS says. The hospital submitted for Energy Star certification, and the program’s success is boosting the utilities budget, making it possible to prepare for future facility upgrades and enabling the staff to focus on their patients.

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