Case Study

University of Medicine & Dentistry

University of Medicine & Dentistry
(now Rutgers University)
Newark, NJ
(1,405,700 ft2)

Client: University of Medicine & Dentistry

Description: Central Plant Upgrades/Retro-Cx

Year Completed: 2012

Construction Cost: $11.4 Million


On June 28, 2012 the New Jersey state legislature passed a bill that dissolved the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and merged most of its schools, except the School of Osteopathic Medicine, with Rutgers University forming a new Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences effective July 1, 2013. Members of the Rutgers board of governors estimated that the takeover of UMDNJ could "elevate Rutgers’ status to among the top 25 most elite research universities in America.


Prior to implementation of the Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs), Concord Engineering performed a detailed site survey of 116 air handling units, building interfaces to the district cooling loop and existing controls. Concord also inspected the general condition and assessed the benefits from the low cost/no cost operational and maintenance improvements. The focused team effort between Concord, UMDNJ facilities management and subcontractors resulted in an additional reduction in energy costs by bringing the equipment/controls to proper operational status.

After the completion of 8 million dollar plant and facility energy retrofit project, Concord was selected to prepare schematic design for a new CHP plant application for the Energy Resiliency Bank. The application was successful and EDA has awarded full funding of the project. The funding totaled to $19 million in grants and $1.5 million from a PSEG on-bill loan.


As part of the PSE&G Carbon Abatement Hospital Efficiency Program, Concord Engineering prepared a detailed investment grade audit and 50% construction documents for the Newark, NJ hospital campus. As a result of the distribution and central utility plant energy audit, a comprehensive list of ECMs as well as major utility plant enhancements have generated $1.3 million in annual energy savings. Chilled water optimization technologies, a new high-efficiency electric chiller, steam-driven chiller, and site differential temperature improvements were integrated into the hospital system. A single sourced contract was awarded to turnkey the $11.4 million project. Funding was accomplished through a Grant/Zero Interest loan provided by PSE&G.

Major recommendations included:

  • 2,700 ton steam-driven centrifugal chiller

  • 2,500 ton electric centrifugal chiller

  • Site differential temperature controls

  • Chiller optimization including measurement & monitoring system

  • Full system performance retro-commissioning

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