Truman State University Project / by Robert Vogt

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc. has been awarded the building automation contract with Truman State University to complete a 13 building refurbishment project in 2015-2016.

Truman State University selected a performance contractor to help them implement a campus wide energy plan; as part of that plan, Automatic Controls was selected over two other prequalified controls bidders for the project.  Truman State University is focused on generating the largest energy savings with minimal HVAC equipment replacements and eliminating the University’s current dependence on 11 fragmented building automation systems (BAS) manufacturers in 13 campus buildings.  With 11 different BAS Systems, each system must be accessed and modified when the University wants to make a single campus wide change. 

For example, programming the schedule for the start date of the school year or changing the schedule to conserve energy over winter break must occur for each building and system separately.   Moving forward, the University buildings using ALC will communicate from a central server with standardized intuitive software that will allow the University to maximize the potential of each building, manage notifications, and respond to building needs.  Centralizing this information through ALC’s WebCTRL software will allow the University to be more proactive in managing the campus energy consumption.   

This project poses a series of challenges due to the tight construction schedule for a large number of buildings, with vastly different engineering requirements and the directive not to impact or shut down the learning environment.  Automatic Controls has worked with the Performance Contractor and the University to develop a collaborative project management plan that ensures completion of the project in the required 15-month schedule.