Crouse Hospital renovates chiller plant for the future, saves costs today
Crouse Hospital serves the Syracuse, New York area with 506 patient beds and 57 bassinets in a full-service medical campus comprised of four connected buildings. In order to continue providing state-of-the-art care to the community, Crouse Hospital planned to incorporate 14 new operating rooms in a 60,000 square foot addition to the facility. However, the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure — while still operational — was outdated and undersized to serve the new, larger facility and future planned additions. As a long-time Carrier customer, Crouse Hospital turned to Carrier once again for assistance with the upgrade.
Carrier recommended that the hospital replace its eight existing chillers with three 19XRV chillers rated at 1,000 tons each, enabling the hospital to consolidate their mechanical services into one central location. The high-efficiency 19XRV chillers feature variable frequency drives that enable each chiller to run efficiently at full or partial load. This reduces energy costs and enables the chiller system to respond quickly and with finesse to occupant comfort needs and the operational requirements of atmospherically sensitive equipment in diverse parts of the facility. In addition to receiving a rebate from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for efficiency features in the HVAC system upgrade, Crouse Hospital is saving approximately $80,000 per year in energy costs while operating a substantially larger facility.