92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Complete turnkey delivery of a new central plant for the 140-year old headquarters building, to include: new chillers, VFDs, a heat exchanger, new building management system, and all associated electrical and piping requirements. The new central plant provided our client with reduced energy consumption and costs, improved occupant comfort, and non-disruptive operation from the redundancy of the design.
Our client required a completely new central chilled water plant, when both of the building’s existing absorption chillers had failed. After a season of running on rental chillers, EMCOR Services New York/New Jersey formulated a system design that would give them efficiency, as well as redundancy.
Based on life cycle costs, 800 tons of modular, electric Tandem chillers was chosen to replace the existing gas fired absorbers. EMCOR Services New York/New Jersey provided new Bell & Gossett pumping stations with VFD’s, a plate frame heat exchanger for free cooling, new Honeywell Building Management System (BMS), electrical upgrades, and we installed 2000 linear feet of pipe. The client had a deadline to have the new chiller plant running in time for the Spring Fundraising Gala. The project was built between January and May of 2016 and commissioned on time by our service department.
Because of better capacity control of the plant through the new BMS, and variable speed drives on the pumping stations, the client has saved money on their energy bills. Our engineering department also facilitated the grant money from the local utility company, further offsetting project costs. EMCOR Services New York/New Jersey also was contracted to provide ongoing maintenance services for their equipment, and continues to do so. The client is a 24/7 operation, and no longer has concerns about chiller plant downtime because of the redundancy in the design.
The 92nd Street Y is a cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment, and conversation. The 140 year old headquarters building located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan houses a performing arts center, a health, fitness, and sports center, and a developmental space for children and family programs, to name just a few.