Changes to Rutter Center Controls to Save $1.5 Million


Published on February 11, 2019

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Changes made by UCSF Facilities Services to the Rutter Center’s building control systems is saving 807,000 kilowatt-hours a year in electricity and will reduce the annual energy bill by $147,000. “The project will pay for itself in under nine months and will save the university more than $1.5 million over the next 10 years,” said Energy Manager Jamie Hand.

Energy projects like this one are complex and cross multiple areas of technical expertise and departments. For this project, Conor Neville (Real Estate PM) did an excellent job coordinating all of the functions needed to be successful. Building engineers (Ronny Melo and his team) helped facilitate the contracted work while the mechanical and electrical engineering team (Solomon Degu, Patrick Dwyer, and Marina Taruch) coordinated the in-house designs. The Facilities Services controls team (James Comte, Edward Cekovic, Arnel Santiago, and Sal Cruz Vega) supervised changes made to the building’s energy control systems and continually fine-tuned the system. “Our team did a great job of programming the motion and CO2 sensors and thermostats that have led to the energy reductions,” Hand said.