14 Aspects to Consider in Equipment Selection

Article | CSE Magazine (April 2016)

Mechanical engineering is a science relatively unchanged over the past 50 years. Conversely, equipment selection for a mechanical engineer is as much an art as a science of technology. Today, refinements to manufacturing, increasingly advanced controls, and changing end-user needs determine both the science of technology and the roster of equipment for selection.

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George Washington University Anticipates Utility Costs Savings of 40 Percent through Partnership with Southland Energy

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – 16:45

Dulles, VA

The George Washington University recently awarded a performance-based design-build project at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia to Southland Energy.

The university’s partnership with Southland Energy began with a detailed audit of the campus. Working with George Washington University’s facilities support team, Southland collaboratively developed the project’s scope of work during a series of workshops. Southland will support demand response, complete lighting retrofits, and mechanical and building automation energy conservation measures.

Focusing on the school’s objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, Southland Energy will enhance the overall energy efficiency of the campus to help meet their goal of 40 percent energy reduction by 2025. In addition to saving energy and operating costs, this comprehensive program will also improve comfort for students and teachers and is expected to pay for itself in approximately 11 years.

Southland Energy Awarded Comprehensive Energy and Water Saving Upgrades at St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Friday, April 8, 2016 – 16:00

Dulles, VA

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, has been awarded a series of upgrades and replacements at St. Anne’s – Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. As the first project awarded under VirginiaSAVES, a new program designed to reduce the cost of qualified energy efficiency projects and provide low- or no-cost long term financing, the project is completely self-funding and aims to reduce the school’s carbon footprint by 28 percent.

Spanning two campuses, St. Anne’s – Belfield is a leading co-educational independent day school serving students from pre-school through twelfth grade, with a boarding program in grades nine through twelve. Southland Energy will be replacing aging and inefficient systems and equipment for dorms, classrooms, offices, and athletic facilities. The project scope includes boiler, chiller, and fan coil unit replacements, controls upgrades and integration, lighting upgrades, as well as the addition of high efficiency pumps, motors, and variable frequency drives.

The project is currently underway and anticipates completion in June of 2016.