Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Facility Energy Upgrades
For this design-build project, DCBA oversaw the creation of a new (and more efficient) energy system for the Hogan Regional Center in Danvers, a Department of Developmental Services site. Scope included the decommissioning of a nearby oil-burning power plant and the installation of natural gas boilers in each of the center’s buildings. By decentralizing the power supply, switching to natural gas, and installing more efficient windows and doors, the Hogan Regional Center no longer used more than 800,000 gallons of oil annually and reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions, from 10,000 metric tons to 2,500 metric tons. To further decrease energy costs, the project team install roof mounted solar panels to heat the center’s pool. This portion of the project was challenging because DCBA had to make water connections and tie-ins and wind uplift made the panel installation process arduous. In the first year, these efforts led to a total operational savings of approximately $2 million. This U.S. Dept. of Energy Better Buildings Challenge Showcase Project, together with energy upgrades to the Wrentham Developmental Center in Wrentham, MA, was part of a $22.7 million Comprehensive Energy Project and former Governor Deval Patrick administration’s Leading by Example sustainability program.