Department of Veterans Affairs, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Energy Plant
Improving plant efficiency and cost savings
The VA Hospital’s central boiler plant was rapidly approaching the end of its useful life and required a replacement that would improve efficiency and cut energy costs. HGA conducted a detailed campus energy analysis to determine existing plant steam production, established the Owners Project Requirement (OPR), and developed Set Log goals to design and implement the energy infrastructure upgrades.
The new 140,000 pph steam plant consists of four boilers generating 125 psig saturated steam. Steam generated from the boilers powers a steam turbine generator that produces a maximum of 850 kW to generate electricity distributed to the grid.
The energy plant, serving a 3.3 million square-foot campus, saves approximately $600,000 in annual energy costs. Other outcomes include reduced emissions, reduced risk of potential flooding, and improved maintenance operationsPortfolio
Central Utility Plant