NEW ORLEANS — Automated Control Systems Inc. has completed a $2.7 million building automation system (BAS) integration as part of the renovation and expansion of Monroe Hall on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans. Automated Control Systems, based in Metairie, Louisiana, designs and installs environmental control systems for buildings in the southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi region. The company is also a member of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors.

Monroe Hall is a significant building on the Loyola University campus, housing several of the school’s colleges and hosting classes for a majority of the university’s undergraduates. As part of a complete renovation and expansion, two floors were added to the existing five-story building. The seventh floor houses the major mechanical systems, including new HVAC equipment. The sixth floor was added to house some additional mechanical systems as well as new classrooms, offices, and research areas. A new Schneider Electric I/A series BAS replaced existing pneumatic and older direct digital controls in the building. In addition to the HVAC equipment, the BAS also integrates with Phoenix fume hood controls, MK Plastics exhaust fans, and ABB variable frequency drives (VFDs).

“Because of all the classrooms and faculty offices in Monroe Hall, shutting the building down wasn’t feasible during the three-year long project, so staging the work was a critical challenge,” said Wayne Durr, vice president, Automated Control Systems. “While as many intrusive and noisy activities as possible were scheduled during breaks, most of the work had to be completed in an occupied building while minimizing disruptions. With the mechanical equipment located on the newly added sixth and seventh floors, the new BAS was introduced one floor at a time from the top down.”

“From commercial offices to hospitals to critical university facilities, InsideIQ member firms provide system integration in a variety of buildings,” said Paul Strohm, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. “By sharing best practices and participating in training events, InsideIQ firms like Automated Control Systems acquire knowledge of the latest technology and techniques, enabling them to successfully tackle any integration challenge.”

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Publication date: 10/16/2015

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