UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM
LITTLE ROCK, AR
- Size: 2,900,000 Square Feet
- Construction Cost: $29.2 Million
- Services: MEP Design, Structural Design, Low Voltage, Automatic Temperature Controls, Measurement & Verification, Retro-Commissioning, Construction Administration
- Completion Date: 2015
In 2013, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) embarked on a campus-wide energy conservation project aimed at reducing their $5.8 million annual energy costs. The UALR campus is comprised of more than 60 buildings with a cumulative 2.9 million square feet on 250 acres.
Bernhard TME was engaged to formulate a strategic energy plan with the goal of reducing energy costs by 20% by 2014 and 30% by 2017. UALR and Bernhard TME agreed to approach the project with an integrated scope consisting of a multitude of energy cost reduction measures, including upgrading and retrofitting the building automation systems, retro-commissioning the existing buildings, expanding the district cooling system, installing a district heating system, installing heat pump chiller heaters and installing a distributed generation system with Tier 4 generators. Construction of the 10 MW self-generation station was economically justified based on the availability of an Operational Interruptible Service rider from the local utility.
Currently, UALR has realized a 48% reduction in energy consumption, which translates to a utility cost savings in excess of $2.6 million per year (51% reduction in utility costs). The University has significantly decreased its carbon footprint and has a goal of becoming the most energy-efficient university in the United States. Based on actual performance to date, UALR’s projected annual total utility costs for the 2016 fiscal year will be less than $1.25 per square foot, compared to $2.68 per square foot as the current national average for all college and universities.
As a result of the savings from this project, the Facilities Department has been able to hire 4 additional full-time employees. Most importantly, these cost savings can now be spent on providing the tools that UALR needs to offer the best possible education to its students.