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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
December 13, 2004
Volume 40, Number 5

Energy User News recognizes UNM PPD

By Steve Carr

Larry Schuster, right, Physical Plant utilities engineer, accepts the Project of the Year award from Energy Users Kevin Heslin. Photo by Carolyn Gonzales.
UNM was recognized by Energy User News with a Project of the Year award for a series of campus-wide Physical Plant Department utility projects addressing the university’s need for significant repair, improvement and upgrade of its utility systems.

EUN presented its 2004 Energy Efficient Building Awards in a special session held of the World Energy Engineering Congress recently. Overall, five awards were presented including Energy Manager of the Year and four for award-winning projects.

UNM’s series of projects included chilled water system improvements, Ford Utilities Center renovation and a variety of energy conservation measures, which included chilled water system modifications, lighting upgrades, energy management and control systems.

“This comprehensive project to renew our aging, deteriorating, and inefficient utility infrastructure is unique in its technical components and funding strategy,” said Mary Vosevich, director, Physical Plant. “This has been an extraordinary project and is truly an example of campus constituencies coming together to achieve project success. We are currently enjoying state of the art utilities technology, reliability, and energy efficiencies not previously experienced by this campus.  Completion of this project positions UNM to support its educational and research mission in the years ahead.”

The Energy Efficient Building Awards recognize innovations in building management and energy efficiency, in either retrofits or new construction throughout North America, which provide unique building solutions and also achieve significant energy and cost savings. Projects are evaluated by a panel of judges on a variety of criteria including payback, annual dollar & energy savings, additional environmental benefits, integration of energy-efficient technologies or strategies and innovations in design, strategy or financing.

Energy User News is a monthly publication and has served the industry for more than 30 years.