Big Ten & Friends Utilities Conference
Applied recently joined with some of our University partners to discuss campus utilities, energy processes and energy distribution at the Big Ten & Friends utilities conference at Purdue University. The event kicked off on a Sunday afternoon with a golf scramble at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course, which we sponsored. The weather cooperated and there was great fun had by all. Sunday night wrapped up with a welcome reception and dinner. Networking between vendors, universities, facility engineers, and design professionals took place.
Monday and Tuesday brought subject matter experts together to discuss how to improve energy distribution, save money on the production of steam and chilled water, and help create a green environment and better place for us all to live.
Jim Lowe, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management at Ball State University, provided an update on BSU’s conversion from steam to geothermal water distribution. Jim noted that BSU has been seeing a consistent annual payback of $2.2M, which puts the project payback at 10-12 years.
Amanda Doenges, Director of Engineering and Administration at Butler University, and Taylor Smith, a graduate from Butler University’s Engineering Dual Degree Program, presented on electric sub-metering and energy management. The two discussed how metering can help provide knowledge on where energy inefficiencies can be reduced. Through data, a facility manager is able to review utility demands to find ways to increase energy efficiencies of processes.
We at Applied enjoyed seeing many friends and clients visiting our exhibit booth! Our firm regularly engineers utilities projects for local universities, in addition to our mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designs. It is always wonderful to make new connections, and sharing our knowledge of utilities for higher education environments with the network of facility individuals at the conference was very rewarding. Hopefully Big Ten & Friends will return to Indiana soon!