BOSTON - The Boston Medical Center and Johnson Controls were honored by the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the Best Energy Project – Medical Facilities based on the significant energy savings from the infrastructure renewal and energy conservation improvements at the medical center. The recognition noted their accomplishment of $1.2 million in energy savings during 2008.

The infrastructure renewal project included building a new 2,700-ton, high-efficiency, chilled water plant to support the increasing cooling needs of patient care technology and to enable the future expansion of Boston Medical Center. Other energy conservation measures included installing energy-efficient variable frequency drives and motors, providing lighting occupancy sensors and commissioning equipment and systems to ensure proper operations and optimization.

“This project allows us to be more efficient and helps us to continue providing exceptional care regardless of a person’s ability to pay,” said Ron Bartlett, vice president finance and chief financial officer, Boston Medical Center.

“Boston Medical Center is vital to the community it serves - and as general contractor for this undertaking, it was equally vital for us to meet a tight schedule and come in under budget without compromising patient care and the hospital’s operations,” said Gene Dassing, healthcare solutions manager, Johnson Controls. “It’s never been more important to reduce the economic and environmental impact of medical centers while maintaining a commitment toward improved patient experiences.”

“We believe it is important to highlight and celebrate the notable accomplishments of our members. Our annual awards ceremony is a significant opportunity to educate the region and share best practices that have occurred in the previous year,” said Ronald Gillooly, president of the AEE New England Chapter.

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Publication date:05/18/2009