ESD takes home engineering awards
Environmental Systems Design wins three ASHRAE awards for technology innovation.
(ESD) was the recipient of three Technology Awards from Region VI of ASHRAE as part of the organization's 2008-2009 awards program.
The ASHRAE Technology Awards
recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied
innovative building designs that incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective
energy management and indoor air quality. ESD received a First Place Award in
the Health Care Facilities - New category for the Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago. The O'Brien
Residence Hall at Saint Xavier
University in Chicago
received a Second Place Award in the Institutional Buildings - New category. A
fan system renovation at the Chase Tower in Chicago
was the Third Place
winner in the Commercial Buildings - Existing category.
The nearly 1 million sq ft
Prentice Women's Hospital is an 18-story building designed to handle the
delivery of 13,500 babies a year and house 256 licensed beds. The facility,
which achieved a LEED Silver certification for sustainable design, features
integrated technology systems, redundant infrastructure, full building HEPA
filtering, energy-efficient design, a central UPS system, a robust power
quality design to meet the special needs of sensitive electronic medical
equipment, and a Web-enabled DDC BAS.
The O'Brien Residence Hall
at Saint Xavier
University in Chicago
features a stair tower mixed mode natural ventilation, dual heat recovery
wheels on student room ventilation system, and an oil-free frictionless
variable speed chiller which lands the energy consumption at 52 kBtu/hr/sq ft.
The fan system renovation at
the Chase Tower
involved upgrades to 39 of the 51 fan systems that serve the 2.4 million sq ft
facility. These constant volume dual duct systems were converted to variable
air volume systems. Approximately 7,500 fan motor horsepower was converted to
variable speed drives with a demonstrated energy savings for the building of
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