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Case Studies

Johns Hopkins North and South Power Plants and Medical Campus

FES completely automated the Johns Hopkins Hospital South and North Power Plant. The scope of this project included the largest self-generating chilled water and medium pressure steam plant on the east coast. The South Portion of the Plant consists of (6) 3,500-ton Centrifugal Machines, and the North Plant consists of (3) 2,700-ton Chillers, (6) 1,500-ton Chillers, and (5) 3,000-ton machines, totaling 53,100 tons of cooling under control. FES collaborated with the Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Group to devise intricate control strategies, enabling multiple Plants to operate in fully automatic mode. This system allows the equipment’s cooling load to be calculated through BTU metering across multiple locations or manually adjusted via the BAS system’s graphic operator interface. Furthermore, FES has precise control over numerous isolation valves:

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  • Chiller loading /unloading
  • Primary Chilled Water pumps
  • Secondary Chilled Water Pumps
  • Chilled Water Conditioning
  • Condenser Water Pumps
  • Cooling Towers
  • Condenser Water Filtration (water for open loop systems, and heat exchanger controls on closed loop systems)

FES performed multiple complex integrations to third-party equipment, including hardwiring controls through the Chiller Packages, High and Low Voltage Variable Frequency Drives, and Smart Meters that vary from vortex shedding, turbine, electromagnetic, and ultrasonic styles. FES also controls and monitors the generators that provide backup power to the plant. The controls and sequences implemented by FES are recognized as the most sophisticated and complex in the industry.

Kaiser Permanente South Nova Hub & Parking Garage

Facility Engineering Services (FES) was entrusted with providing the Building Automation System (BAS) for a state-of-the-art, 263,000 square foot full-service outpatient medical HUB and an accompanying 1100-space parking garage. The goal was to create an advanced control environment that maximizes efficiency, comfort, and safety while seamlessly integrating with the national KP Center of Excellence (CoE) supervisory control system.

The project involved designing a comprehensive BAS solution for a multi-purpose facility with diverse operational requirements, including medical services and parking management.

FES faced the challenge of integrating the building’s local controls with the national KP Center of Excellence (CoE) supervisory control system. This integration was crucial for seamless communication and centralized management.

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FES successfully delivered a cutting-edge Building Automation System for the full-service outpatient medical HUB and parking garage, achieving the following outcomes:

  1. Enhanced Efficiency: The integrated BAS allowed for centralized control and monitoring of various systems, leading to improved energy efficiency, reduced operational costs, and streamlined facility management.

  2. Seamless Integration: The building’s local controls were seamlessly integrated into the national KP Center of Excellence (CoE) supervisory control system, enabling comprehensive oversight and centralized management.

  3. Optimal Comfort and Safety: The BAS solution provided precise control over HVAC, lighting, access control, and security systems, ensuring optimal comfort for occupants and maintaining a safe environment.

FES’s expertise in Building Automation Systems and seamless integration capabilities enabled the successful implementation of a state-of-the-art BAS for the full-service outpatient medical HUB and parking garage. The project’s outcomes included improved energy efficiency, centralized control, and enhanced comfort and safety for occupants. FES’s commitment to delivering innovative and reliable solutions reaffirmed its position as a trusted partner in the building automation industry.

Integrated Control Systems for Erickson Living National Communities

Facility Engineering Services (FES) was tasked with designing, installing, and servicing advanced control systems to meet the evolving needs of Erickson Living National Communities. This included expanding control capabilities for large-scale healthcare and assisted living communities. With over 23,000 residents and more than 13,000 employees across their centers, Erickson Living National Communities required efficient control solutions for their extensive refrigeration distribution plants and individual refrigeration units spanning over 30,000,000 square feet. FES integrated multiple Direct Digital Control (DDC) system brands into a centralized monitoring and control system accessible securely across the country. 

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The implementation of FES’s integrated control systems brought numerous benefits to Erickson Living National Communities, including:

  1. Streamlined Operations: The centralized control system enabled efficient monitoring and control of refrigeration systems across multiple locations, resulting in streamlined operations and improved energy management.

  2. Enhanced Security: The system provided secure access through coded digital keys, ensuring that only authorized personnel could access and manage the control systems.

  3. Scalable Solution: FES’s solution accommodated Erickson Living National Communities’ expansion plans by supporting the acquisition and management of new living communities across the nation.

  4. Increased Efficiency and Reliability: The integrated control systems optimized refrigeration distribution and individual unit control, enhancing efficiency and reliability in maintaining desired environmental conditions. 

FES successfully delivered integrated control systems for Erickson Living National Communities, providing streamlined monitoring and control capabilities for their extensive refrigeration systems. The implemented solution supported efficient operations, enhanced security, and scalability for future expansion. Erickson Living National Communities continues to expand and manage living communities across the nation while striving to be a trusted leader in the industry. FES’s expertise in control system design, installation, and service solidified its role as a valuable partner in supporting Erickson Living National Communities’ evolving needs. 

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