ST. LUKE’S MERIDIAN MEDICAL CENTER
- Size: 540,000 Square Feet
- Services: On-Site Facility Assessment, Supply Side Energy Audit, Retro-Commissioning, Strategic Energy Plan, Remote Support Services, O&M Training, Measurement & Verification
- Completion Date: 2016
Bernhard Energy Solutions™ worked with St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center in Meridian, Idaho, to implement an extensive retro-commissioning effort that included sequence-of-operations changes, room ventilation schedules, dead band resets, set point resets, BAS upgrades and updated DDC controls to replace old pneumatic controls in air-handling units and VAV boxes.
Approval for the project was contingent upon the ability to make it cash flow positive by the end of the fiscal year – only 6 months after the project commenced.
The project was driven by the availability of a utility rebate offered by Idaho Power, a public electricity provider. The company offered a custom incentive program that reimbursed up to 18 cents per kWh up to 70% of project costs if St. Luke’s could demonstrate a certain level of savings compared to a baseline model. For this $394,000 retro-commissioning project, St. Luke’s was eligible to receive approximately $276,000 from Idaho Power. The rebate coupled with a cost savings of nearly $600 per day allowed the project to achieve the goal of being cash flow positive in less than six months.
The maintenance group played an instrumental role in the process, learning to reprogram terminal units throughout the hospital, recognizing and resolving intermittent issues that arose throughout the project and maintaining operations after the initial work was completed. This has created a transformational culture shift among the staff that has resulted in continued optimization and sustained savings for St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center.