Overview of Case Study
Sometimes even newer hospitals can be tweaked to improve sustainability. That was the case with Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas, which opened a new patient tower in December 2012.
“When we became involved with Midland Memorial in 2014, we did a study that assessed the systems and the lay of the land and realized there were a lot of moving parts because of the recent expansion,” explains James Hess, Energy Engineer at Bernhard TME, the engineering firm that helped the hospital reduce energy consumption. “The hospital had 445,000 square feet prior to 2012, but with the new patient tower that rose to 789,000 square feet. The building had been commissioned when it was opened, but we still found significant savings potential.”
Bernhard TME developed a wide range of energy-saving plans for the hospital, ranging from tweaking the Johnson Controls Metasys building automation system (BAS) to a complete upgrade of the heating water system and chilled water system.