Case Study

Cooper University Hospital

Cooper University Hospital
Camden, NJ

Client: Cooper University Hospital

Description: Central Plant Upgrades/Commissioning/CHP Grant Application Assistance

Year Completed: 2011 - 2016

Construction Cost: $3.9 Million for Plant Upgrades


The hospital formerly served as a clinical campus of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is currently affiliated with the newly established Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and offers training programs across a variety of fields for medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and allied health professionals. In 2013, Cooper announced a partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and opened a new comprehensive cancer center to serve patients in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper also is affiliated with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, a leading nonprofit research organization that focuses on stem cell science, genomics and personalized medicine.


Concord performed an Investment Grade Energy Audit (IGA) which determined the potential savings derived through a variety of measures and technologies. Concord then provided engineering, prepared construction documents, solicited bids, administered construction and commissioned the ECMs (Energy Conservation Measures) identified in the IGA:

  • New 800 BHP steam boiler with stack economizer

  • Converting one of the 900 BHP watertube boilers to a cold standby unit

  • A continuous blowdown heat recovery system that will preheat the boiler make-up water

  • Upgrading the steam-driven boiler feed water pump station

  • Instantaneous, steam-fired domestic hot water skids

  • Replacement of chiller with a high-efficiency 750-Ton unit and cooling tower

  • Replacement of a 1000-Ton chiller with a high-efficiency unit

  • Variable Speed Drives on the chilled water pumps/pressure independent control valves on various air handling unit chilled water coils

  • Replacement of three (3) critical air handling units with upgraded energy efficient units

  • Install NEMA premium efficiency motors on various pumps/fans


Part of the audit also included recommendations for demand side management and generation distribution. Concord evaluated the removal of Cooper’s existing aging steam generation assets and recommended replacement with a 4.6 MW combined heat and power plant. The new CHP plant would be based upon a Solar Mercury gas combustion turbine with heat recovery steam generation (HRSG). The power island equipment selected was severely hampered by restricted access and space in the central power plant and surrounding patient areas. To accommodate this challenge, Concord’s recommended configurations included fuel gas compression and thermal chilling to balance the energy load profile. Concord provided technical assistance and administrative support to Cooper with preparing an application for NJ EDA funding for this project that resulted in an award of $28 million from the state’s Energy Resiliency Bank.

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