Boston Medical Center and Johnson Controls recognized for energy efficiency project

$1.2 Million Energy Savings earns Best Energy Project for a Medical Facility

Milwaukee, WI – Boston Medical Center and Johnson Controls were honored by the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the Best Energy Project – Medical Facilities based on their significant energy savings from the infrastructure renewal and energy conservation improvements at Boston Medical Center. The recognition noted their accomplishment of $1.2 million in energy savings during 2008.

The infrastructure renewal project included building a new 2700-ton, high efficiency chilled water plant to support the increasing cooling needs of patient care technology and to enable the future expansion of Boston Medical Center. Other energy conservation measures included installing energy-efficient variable frequency drives and motors, occupancy lighting sensors to conserve energy, and commissioning equipment and systems to ensure proper operations and optimization.

“This project allows us to be more efficient and helps us to continue providing exceptional care regardless of a person’s ability to pay,” said Ron Bartlett, vice president finance and chief financial officer, Boston Medical Center.

“Boston Medical Center is vital to the community it serves – and as general contractor for this undertaking, it was equally vital for us to meet a tight schedule and come in under budget without compromising patient care and the hospital’s operations,” said Gene Dassing, healthcare solutions manager, Johnson Controls. It’s never been more important to reduce the economic and environmental impact of medical centers while maintaining a commitment toward improved patient experiences.”

“We believe it is important to highlight and celebrate the notable accomplishments of our members. Our annual awards ceremony is a significant opportunity to educate the region and share best practices that have occurred in the previous year,” Ronald Gillooly, president of the AAE New England Chapter.

About the Association Energy Engineers and the New England Chapter

AEE International is a not-for-profit trade association, based in Atlanta since 1977. The New England Chapter joined AEE International as a Charter Chapter in 1979. It is among the largest Chapters worldwide with an award-winning tradition of innovation and leadership. Our mission is to train and sustain a workforce of energy managers and related professionals. The New England Chapter charges no dues, provides a free monthly newsletter and posts past presentations on the website. AEE NE hosts seminars, networking events, certification exams and monthly meetings over a range of energy technologies, best practices and policy issues. Visit the website at

About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 626-licensed bed, academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End. The hospital is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Emphasizing community-based care, Boston Medical Center, with its mission to provide consistently accessible health services to all, is the largest safety net hospital in New England. Boston Medical Center provides a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care. With the largest 24-hour Level I trauma center in New England, our Emergency Department had 129,169 visits last year, 60 percent more than the hospital with the second highest number of visits.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit


Posted June 19, 2009

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