Brandt performed comprehensive engineering study for a significant research and development center.
Our objective was to evaluate the central utilities systems of chilled water, steam, electrical and compressed air and make recommendations to the Company to optimize those systems with regard to safety, reliability and energy efficiency. Additionally, an airside retro-commissioning survey of the Geoscience Building, Chemicals and Polymers Laboratory, and the Petroleum Laboratory was performed. This study was performed over a four month time span. This report encapsulates the results and recommendations that acceptable engineering practices deem necessary for increased reliability and future growth of the BTC.
Each of the systems evaluated, as well as potential improvement projects have been analyzed using accepted fundamentals of engineering, practical considerations of existing conditions and configurations, feasibility of implementation and financial repercussions. Each system has been documented with a narrative description of the proposed design strategy, estimated construction costs, and life-cycle cost analysis.
The key objectives of Brandt’s evaluation include the following:
- Identify areas of concern for personnel safety and recommend remediation
- Make practical recommendations to accommodate anticipated load growth
- Optimize BTC’s energy efficiency within their existing infrastructure system