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Innovative Approach to Chiller Replacement at Lafayette General Medical Center Located in Lafayette, Louisiana
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The Lafayette General Medical Center is a 332- bed, comprehensive regional medical facility. The Main Building was original a 7 story structure built in 1965. Prior to 1983, other than expansion work, there not been no work done on the original central plant or HVAC systems. In 1983, utilizing a combination of financing methods including U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") grants, the Hospital initiated a comprehensive Facility Energy, Operations and Utilization Analysis Program. In that time period, the Main Building increased square footage from 284,000 to 463,000, a 63% increase, with a simultaneous reduction in utility costs from $3.94/SF to $2.26/SF, or a 43% reduction. The culmination of the latest phase of the Program, described in this paper, includes the installation of a "hybrid" central system Since 1983, the Hospital has realized a cumulative savings of $5.6 million in utility costs.
Poche', J. M.; Broussard, J. P. (1998). Innovative Approach to Chiller Replacement at Lafayette General Medical Center Located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from