Fox Army Health Center Keeps Military Fit While Monitoring Utility Bills

November 1, 2002


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Fox Army Health Center provides the latest in health care, while meeting the challenges of providing facility equipment updates and generating energy savings.

The Fox Army Health Center is a 127,000-square-foot facility located in the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. The Health Center provides general medical and outpatient surgical care to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. Through a delivery order under DOE's Southeast Region Super Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Johnson Controls, Inc., Fox Army Health Center is procuring new equipment through self-generated savings. The facility is also meeting goals to provide more accurate meter readings.

During World War II, the facility produced weapons and developed guided missile munitions. In the 1950s, the arsenal produced chemical ammunition. Today, Redstone Arsenal is the home of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Health Center.

Upgrades That Save

While the Fox Army Health Center provides the latest in health care, it had fallen behind in energy efficiency. In September 2000, the facility entered into an ESPC contract that will improve operational and maintenance efficiency with minimal expense. "The problem-solving approach and ongoing flexibility made it easy for our team to achieve success," said James Staulcup, MEDCOM Southeast Regional Command Assistant Chief of Staff for Facilities.

Fox Army Health Center will save $3.2 million in energy costs during the next 18 years by replacing two chillers and a cooling tower, installing a building automation system, retrofitting lighting, and installing submeters to track energy consumption costs and for utility billing. The project will also save 1.3 million kilowatthours of electricity and 23,651 therms of natural gas.

Through a cooperative agreement with the Southeastern Regional Medical Command and the Redstone Arsenal Department of Public Works, the Health Center will also benefit from significant savings through utility bill rate renegotiations. The project also met the U.S. Army Medical Command's goals and objectives to have tenants reimburse the Department of Public Works based upon actual meter readings instead of paying set costs per square foot. "Improved metering along with better utility prices means we're able to better manage our facility. That's good for us and for taxpayers," says Kathalene Roberts, Fox Army Health Center facilities manager.

Meeting Challenges

The weather presented a significant challenge for the contractor. The outdated chiller needed to be replaced within 7 months, before the next cooling season. Johnson Controls was able to design, order, receive, install, and commission the new chilled water system within that time frame.

In addition, Johnson Controls performed chemical treatment and asbestos abatement services on the facility's cooling towers and their support services include full-coverage maintenance and repair services for the installed chillers and cooling towers and their associated condenser water pumps. These services, along with a utility bill comparison measurement and verification plan, mean that Fox Army Health Center can concentrate on health care, rather than energy management, in the years to come.

For more information, please contact Kathalene Roberts of Fox Army Military Center at 256-955-6277 or kathalene.n.roberts@ se.amedd.army.mil, or Tatiana Strajnic of FEMP at 202-586-9230 or tatiana.strajnic@ee.doe.gov.