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Honeywell's Announces Major Modernization Project At US Air Force Base

Honeywell along with Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) announced a $19.1 million facility modernization project at T inker Air Force Base's assembly plant that will reduce energy consumption by 44 percent and lower energy expenses, resulting in savings of more than $3.5 million a year through new energy efficiencies. Tinker Air Force Base is the largest of three aircraft maintenance and repair complexes operated by the Air Force Materiel Command, performing service and repair on U.S. Air Force, Navy, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft.

The project focuses on upgrading the existing central utility plant serving Tinker Air Force Base's 2.9 million-square-foot assembly plant and includes replacing the steam and heating hot water system with modern boilers, retrofitting lighting fixtures with more energy-efficiency systems, modernizing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC system), and optimizing the compressed air system, among other upgrades. Future energy savings generated by the more efficient energy, water, and renewable systems installed will pay for the project, led by OG&E with Honeywell providing the upgrades and guaranteeing the savings.

Combined with previous energy retrofit projects and sustainability initiatives on the Base, the project helps the Air Force's efforts to achieve the federally-mandated goal to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025. And once the project is complete in December 2016, the improvements will have reduced Tinker Air Force Base's carbon footprint by 178,627 metric tons over the life of the contract &endash; equivalent to removing more than 19,000 average passenger cars from the road.

To date, the Tinker Air Force Base has reduced overall energy use by approximately 30 percent and saved approximately $7 million in annual energy and operating costs. Previous energy retrofit projects, including a $80.6 million landmark contract with Honeywell in 2012, have involved decommissioning a steam heat grid throughout the base, replacing central steam plants with more energy-efficient hot-water and steam boilers, implementing sub-meters to track utility use in facilities and integrating all heating, cooling and metering equipment control in a centralized system under an Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) building management system from Honeywell.

“Honeywell is pleased to help a government facility achieve operational excellence and significant energy savings,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “This project shows the impact that can be made when organizations collaborate to help the Air Force further drive toward its sustainability goal by improving overall infrastructure that will boost operational efficiency.”

Honeywell has successfully executed ESPC projects at a variety of Department of Defense industrial sites in addition to the Tinker Air Force Base, including Letterkenny Army Depot, Tobyhanna Army Depot and Rock Island Arsenal, among other sites. Learn more about Honeywell's performance contracting for military manufacturing facilities.

Jessie Timmerman
Building Technologies
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