Friday, April 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 14, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION: STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, BOB BRADSHAW (626) 857-4113

Citrus College Receives Recognition from Engineering Council
By Stacy Armstrong

Citrus College’s new heating and cooling system has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC).

During their annual convention, the ACEC presented the college’s Central Plant with a Merit Award in the Energy Project category.

“Our Central Plant uses state of the art technology to cool and heat the buildings on campus,” explained Bob Bradshaw, Citrus College Construction Program Manager.

Bradshaw attended the conference in Sacramento and accepted the award on behalf of Citrus College. He was joined by Ivan Thomas of P2S Engineering, the firm responsible for designing the structure and submitting the nomination.

“The Central Plant was selected to receive this award because of its uniqueness, originality, and technical, economic and social value,” Bradshaw said.

The Central Plant features 650 gallons of thermal energy storage, two chillers, a cooling tower, and five boilers. The concept behind its functionality is that the main mechanical cooling equipment operates at night, shifting energy use from peak demand periods to low demand periods. During peak periods, only the pump operates, providing chilled water to the buildings and meeting cooling requirements.

When buildings need to be heated, the high efficiency boilers are used to provide hot water for heating requirements.

“The main advantage of this new system is the fact that we are not using mechanical equipment during peak electrical usage times,” Bradshaw said. “At the same time, the new system no longer requires separate mechanical rooms in our buildings for equipment. This allows the college to use this space for teaching or administration activities.”

The $6.8 million dollar facility was completed in June 2007 and funded by Measure G Bond money.

“The campus made a very wise and important decision when they invested in the latest technology,” Bradshaw said. “This award establishes Citrus College as a campus that is energy and environmentally conscious.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 14, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION: STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, BOB BRADSHAW (626) 857-4113