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  For Immediate Release: 7/15/1998
  Contact: John Owen, Seattle City Light - Energy Management Services Division
Phone: (206) 684-3322
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  Regional Hospital Increases Patient Care Space -- Utility Costs Rise Only 7%
  Work with public utility creates big savings for medical center

Who:

  • Harborview Medical Centers Director of Engineering, Geoff Glass
  • Seattle City Light Project Manager, John Owen,
  • Project consultants, Engineering Economics, Inc. and Landis and Staefa,

 

What: Expansion of the Puget Sound areas regional trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (approx. 460,000 square feet), which includes a whole new trauma center.

  • The project increased floor space by 63% yet utility costs rose only by 7%. The work is a collaborative effort between the private and public sector to save money, energy, and resources.
  • Electric service is critical to hospital functions. Reducing the demand for electricity while at the same time increasing the amount of floor space is a model for other medical centers looking for ways to increase efficiency and meet the demand for additional space.
  • High efficiency equipment such as chillers, lighting, and variable speed pumps and fans were installed with help from Seattle City Light rebates. To insure that the measures operate at peak performance, Harborview Director of Engineering, Geoff Glass hired Engineering Economics, Inc. to conduct building commissioning. To protect their investment Harborview was the first Seattle City Light customer to purchase Utility Cost Watch, a software service designed to monitor and manage utility expenses.

 

When: Project date 1996 - 1998

 

Where: Harborview Medical Center, 325 9th Avenue, Seattle, Washington

 

For More Information, Photos and Project Details - Contact:
  • Geoff Glass, Harborview Director of Engineering
    phone: (206) 731-593, e-mail: gwglass@u.washington.edu
  • John Owen, Seattle City Light, Project Manager
    phone: (206) 684-3322, e-mail: john.owen@ci.seattle.wa.us
  • Jeff Nichols, Commissioning Engineer, Engineering Economics, Inc
    phone: (206) 622-1001
  • Ted Filips, Landis & Staefa
    phone: (206) 562-8310



 

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