Environmental Systems Design (ESD) wins 3 ASHRAE awards for technology innovation

June 09, 2009 |

CHICAGO, IL — June 9, 2009 – Environmental Systems Design (ESD) was the recipient of three Technology Awards from Region VI of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as part of the organization’s 2008-2009 awards program. 

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building designs that incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality.  ESD received a 1st Place Award in the Health Care Facilities – New category for the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago.  The O’Brien Residence Hall at Saint Xavier University in Chicago received a 2nd Place Award in the Institutional Buildings – New category.  A fan system renovation at the Chase Tower in Chicago was the 3rd Place winner in the Commercial Buildings – Existing category.

The nearly one million square foot Prentice Women’s Hospital is an 18-story building designed to handle the delivery of 13,500 babies a year and house 256 licensed beds. The facility, which achieved a LEED Silver certification for sustainable design, features integrated technology systems, redundant infrastructure, full building HEPA filtering, energy-efficient design, a central UPS system, a robust power quality design to meet the special needs of sensitive electronic medical equipment, and a Web-enabled DDC building automation system.

The O’Brien Residence Hall at Saint Xavier University in Chicago features a stair tower mixed mode natural ventilation, dual heat recovery wheels on student room ventilation system and an oil free frictionless variable speed chiller which lands the energy consumption at 52 KBTU/hr/sq ft. 

The fan system renovation at the Chase Tower in Chicago involved upgrades to 39 of the 51 fan systems that serve the 2.4 million square foot facility.  These constant volume dual duct systems were converted to variable air volume systems.  Approximately 7500 fan motor horsepower was converted to variable speed drives with a demonstrated energy savings for the building of approximately 30 percent.

Founded in 1967, Environmental Systems Design (www. esdesign.com) has provided design solutions on hundreds of buildings in the United States and on major projects throughout the world.  The firm offers consulting engineering services in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, LEEDâ, sustainable design, commissioning, and technology.  ESD supports a diverse range of markets, including commercial, health and science, education, mission critical, residential, assembly, cultural, theaters, energy plants and transportation. Its clients include architects, developers, property managers and Fortune 1000 companies with whom it works to restore the buildings of the past and create new buildings of tomorrow.




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