Hahn Administration Building Project Incorporates Energy Saving Geothermal System
Published: 1-5-2012 3:25 pm
The unsightly chain link fence surrounding Wayne
State's historic Hahn Administration Building marks an important step
forward for the college and the services it provides to its students.
The fence, which has been the subject of speculation since it was put up
by the construction company in early December, will keep pedestrians
from wandering into an area that soon will be torn up to allow the
drilling of 56 wells that will tap into the ground's latent heating and
The new heating and cooling system, which
will utilize the earth's energy and storage capacity to efficiently
condition the building, will be paired with a new building automation
system that will further help energy savings by automatically adjusting
to usage and occupancy of the building.
"We're excited to
incorporate geothermal and the latest in building control technologies
for this project,” said Chad Altwine, director of facility services at
Wayne State. “The change will result in lower operational costs and
improved building comfort."
Other energy saving measures include
low water consumption plumbing fixtures, new windows, and energy
efficient LED and fluorescent lighting. Fire and life safety upgrades
include a new electrical system for the aged facility along with a new
addressable fire alarm and sprinkler system with voice over alarm
"This is an excellent project for the college,”
said Jean Dale, WSC Vice President for Administration and Finance. “It
renews a solid historic building to usefulness for many years to come.
The new energy efficient windows will do much to restore the 'front door
to the campus' appearance of the building, as they provide added
daylight within the building for staff and students."
Use of the
geothermal system and accompanying automatic controls will provide
annual operational savings of about $0.40 per square foot. The
geothermal system will capture approximately 60 tons of cooling capacity
and 640 Mbh of heating capacity, sending nearly 70 tons of heating and
cooling capacity back to the campus' central physical plant. The
increased capacity could then be used to completely heat and cool an
additional building on campus or allow the college to add air
conditioning to additional dorms in the future.
The project is
being funded primarily by the LB 309 Task Force, which assists with
renewal of state buildings, with oversight provided by the Legislature's
Committee on Building Maintenance. Task Force responsibilities involve
deferred repair, which encompasses all elements of the building
envelope, including roofs, walls, doors, and windows. It also includes
building infrastructure, such as heating, ventilating and air
conditioning systems, electrical systems, and plumbing.
Task Force also funds projects that correct facility code deficiencies
and protect the life or health of individuals within the facility, may
fund corrective actions in accordance with the American Disabilities Act
(ADA) Accessibility Guidelines to make state facilities accessible, and
facilitates energy conservation by funding improvements for state
Work on the Hahn Administration Building began in the fall of 2011 and is expected to be complete by October 2012.