Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Wrentham Development Center Energy Upgrade & Solar Array

  • Project Type:Infrastructure/Facility Upgrades
  • Owner:Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)
  • Location:Wrentham, Massachusetts
  • Architect/Engineer:SMMA (Design Build)
  • Project Dates:Winter 2011-Winter 2013

DCBA oversaw an “energy makeover” for The Wrentham Developmental Center, a Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) project. The first phase of this U.S. Dept. of Energy Better Buildings Challenge Showcase Project included the installation of a new steam boiler system, which provides heat and hot water to the center, as well as lighting and lighting control upgrades. The second phase focused on building a one-acre solar array. This ambitious undertaking began with was soil testing, site preparation, and excavation for underground wiring. Trenching and base installations had to be done around existing utilities. DCBA had to coordinate tie-ins and shutdowns with National Grid. In total, the project team installed 1,672 panels. At the project’s completion, DCAMM concluded that the energy upgrades and solar array would provide approximately $1.4 million in annual energy savings for the Department of Disability Services. This undertaking, together with energy upgrades to the Hogan Development Center in Danvers, MA, was part of a $22.7 million Comprehensive Energy Project and former Governor Deval Patrick administration’s Leading by Example sustainability program.