Elmhurst University Project Wins Excellence in Engineering Technology Award From ASHRAE

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Momentum is proud to announce the project team that delivered the Elmhurst University Boiler Decentralization & Chiller Plant project has won the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter’s Excellence in Engineering Technology award!

This is a great honor, and it recognizes the hard work the Momentum, Elmhurst University, AMS IndustriesCyclone Energy Group , and Trane teams put in to make this project an overwhelming success.

Elmhurst University went into the project with an aging central boiler and steam distribution system, as well as obsolete screw chillers and cooling towers.

The project team undertook a multi-year modernization effort that replaced the 55-year-old boiler system with a decentralized boiler system across 17 buildings. The modular boiler design and modern controls technology dramatically boosts reliability while cutting operating and maintenance costs. The old chillers and cooling towers were removed and replaced with modern centrifugal coolers on top of the old heating plant/new chiller plant.

Read more about the project here: Elmhurst University Boiler Plant Decentralization and Chiller Plant Relocation.

The end result is a heating and cooling system that enables variable capacity, allowing dramatically higher efficiency, especially in shoulder seasons, with a 32% reduction in therms. The new, efficient system also returned over 6% of the project value in rebates from local utility providers.


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About Cyclone Energy Group

Established in 2012, Cyclone Energy Group provides reliable analysis, cutting-edge insights, and practical solutions through all stages of a building’s life cycle, from design to construction, through warranty, and into operations. Based in Chicago, our Team works throughout the United States on behalf of designers, contractors, developers, owners, and property managers. Our regionally-diverse portfolio of completed projects ensures that we can bring broad experience to each unique property engagement.

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About Elmhurst

Elmhurst University is a leading four-year institution of higher education that seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to help students reach their full potential. Founded in 1871, Elmhurst now offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, more than 20 graduate and certificate programs in flexible formats, and the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy for young adults with differing abilities. Elmhurst University is among the top-ranked colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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