'Green' initiatives shape campus retrofit

August 11, 2009

Arizona State University’s West campus is getting a new color scheme, and there isn’t a paint brush or drop-cloth in sight.

Working in conjunction with APS Energy Services (APSES), the liberal arts campus is enhancing its ecological profile with a major interior and exterior lighting retrofit. The six-month project, scheduled for completion in December, will improve the quality of lighting in offices, classrooms and public areas and reduce the overall energy demand and consumption of the campus. Download Full Image

The project comes on the heels of ASU’s recent selection as one of the country’s “greenest” universities by The Princeton Review for the second consecutive year.

“We have always had a focus on good stewardship and sound ecological management,” says David Plute, the assistant director of West campus Facilities Management and Development. “This opportunity allows us to capture the cost avoidance in all our facilities and our exterior lighting in a very environmentally conscious way that, hopefully, will become the norm for all.”

The retrofit is more than a passing nod to economics and brighter hallways.  More than 10,000 fixtures (10,214) will be retrofitted throughout 13 buildings on the 300-acre campus. In the interior, 8,564 fixtures are being upgraded from older, less-efficient technologies to energy-efficient 25-watt fluorescent T8 lamps and electronic ballasts. Another 1,650 exterior fixtures will be retrofitted from HID (high intensity discharge) fixtures to more efficient compact fluorescent and fluorescent T5 lamps. The project began in July when workers focused on the lighting inside the three-floor Faculty and Administration Building (FAB) that is home to ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, College of Teacher Education and Leadership, and W.P. Carey School of Business offices.

Annually, the greener face will result in a savings of more than 1 million (1,252,095) kilowatt hours (kWh). Utility savings will top $100,000 each year ($100,316). For comparison, the project will reduce ASU’s carbon footprint by the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 172 vehicles, or CO-2 emissions from the electricity use of 130 homes for a year, or greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 325 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill.

“The ASU administration and our director, Russell Flaherty, have set the ‘green’ standards upon which we continue to build,” Plute says. Included on his checklist of past environmentally focused projects at the West campus are the central plant thermal storage system created when the campus was established in 1984 and updated since, computer-controlled building energy automation systems, desert landscaping, the use of wells to conserve the water supply, and reflective roof coatings that reduce heat gain as well as the energy required to cool buildings.

A similar project also using T8 lamps (25 watts), reflectors and electronic ballasts was completed on ASU’s Tempe campus by APSES earlier this year. The retrofit and re-lamping project currently underway at the West campus was identified at that time as an extension of the university’s energy conservation and sustainability efforts, since the buildings utilized older technology.

“This is our first opportunity working with the West campus,” says Rick Becker, a senior account executive for APSES. “Their commitment to energy conservation and the continued focus on sustainability have been clearly demonstrated. As this project progresses, we look forward to identifying additional conservation opportunities to support the university in their goal of carbon neutrality by 2020.”

It’s all part of a larger, greener picture, according to Plute.

“The use of solar energy to almost eliminate our peak daily electrical demand is anticipated, as is the final phase of the expansion of the computer-controlled building automation system,” he says, adding that building occupancy sensors added to the interior lighting systems are expected to increase lamp life and further reduce electrical demand and consumption.

Plute also notes that future West campus building will receive environmental scrutiny.

“Any new facilities at the West campus are expected to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Standards – providing a set of rigorous guidelines for the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings) standards, and we have been looking at how our existing facilities would score applying the LEED standards for existing buildings.

“Our challenge will be making sure that we continue to value the total-cost-of-ownership approach and set new standards as a part of our continued commitment to energy conservation and sustainability,” Plute says.

About ASU’s Sustainable Business Practices and Campus Sustainability

ASU recognizes that promoting sustainability begins internally with its own business practices and university policy. ASU’s sustainability initiatives, spearheaded by the Global Institute of Sustainability, are advanced by the efforts of people and departments from across the University; leading sustainable practices are addressed and implemented in the areas of energy, water, buildings and grounds, carbon neutrality, food services, transportation, waste and recycling, and, purchasing and policies. For more information about ASU’s sustainable business practices, visit the Web site http://sustainability.asu.edu/campus/energy.php.

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Grant to enrich engineering education

August 11, 2009

ASU will enrich its engineering education and provide students more advanced preparation to enter the work force through an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software to ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering announced today.

Siemens PLM Software is a division of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. Download Full Image

With a commercial value of nearly $245 million, it is the largest in-kind grant in the university’s history.

The grant was made through the Siemens PLM Software Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management program – called GO PLM™ – and includes engineering software, student/instructor training and specialized software certification programs.

ASU graduates with training on such industry-leading design software are more attractive to prospective employers. 

“Advanced tools such as the PLM Software are essential to preparing our engineers for the challenges they will face in an increasingly complex and global economy," says Deirdre Meldrum, the dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. "They will be able to meet demand for designing and analyzing systems that transcend traditional boundaries.”

“This gift from Siemens aligns with our vision of leading engineering education and research that sparks innovation, and enables engineers to improve the quality of life,” Meldrum says.

“Today’s leading manufacturing and technology companies compete on the basis of time to market, product cost, quality and innovation,” says Dave Shirk, the executive vice president of Global Marketing for Siemens PLM Software. “It’s quite clear that today’s best students in top programs, such as the program at ASU, must benefit through opportunities to gain experience with technology that supports these objectives.”

ASU now joins other leading universities with which Siemens has similar academic partnerships or has made similar in-kind gifts, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon and Purdue.

Adam Dixon, an ASU graduate student, says training on the Siemens PLM Software “will make ASU engineering grads more marketable. It will definitely open more doors.”

"Many companies use the software because of its superiority,” says Dixon, who is studying engineering design and works in ASU’s Design Automation Lab. “Having access to this innovative technology gives us a clear advantage in the work force. “

Jami Shah, a professor in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and director of the Design Automation Lab, says Siemens PLM Software “has an extremely generous academic license program. Siemens realizes the important responsibility industry has in contributing to higher education."

"Our mechanical and aerospace engineering graduates go to work for major engineering companies that all use these kinds of high-end computer-aided design and finite element analysis software packages,” Shah says. “This is why it’s important to instruct students with tools such as PLM Software’s NX™.”

“We’ve used Siemens’ PLM Software’s state-of-the-art software products for nearly 25 years,” he says.

The academic license program allows students to use engineering analysis packages such as NX, IDEAS and Nastran to perform critical engineering tasks such as stress and failure simulation, vibration and dynamics analyses and thermal analyses.

“The software is a great teaching tool because it makes everything transparent,” Shah says. “It clearly shows the student how the results of any design work or engineering analysis were computed. You can see and control the workings of the software packages.”

Troy Howe, a senior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, says the computer-aided design program “has been invaluable to my progress.”

Howe uses the program at work to build 3-D models and drawing schematics.

“My training in class gave me the confidence and ability to complete my projects quickly and accurately,” he says. “It has helped me draw praise for the quality of my work. So I’m looking forward to next semester when I’ll take the advanced computer-aided engineering class with the new Siemens software.”  

Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than 1,000,000 students yearly at nearly 10,200 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on the GO PLM program, visit the Web site  http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/index.shtml">http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/index.shtml">...

ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.  This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real-world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 67,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 nations across the globe. A comprehensive public metropolitan research university enrolling more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on four campuses, ASU is a federation of unique colleges, schools, departments, and research institutes that comprise close-knit but diverse academic communities that are international in scope.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. More information on ASU can be found online at http://www.asu.edu" target="_blank">asu.edu.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University serves more than 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, providing skills and knowledge for shaping careers marked by innovation and societal impact. Ranked nationally in the top 50 among engineering schools rated by U.S. News & World Report, the school engages in use-inspired research in a multidisciplinary setting for the benefit of individuals, society and the environment. Its 200-plus faculty members teach and pursue research in areas of electrical, industrial, chemical, mechanical, aerospace, civil, environmental, materials and energy engineering, as well as bioengineering, computer science and biomedical informatics. For more information on the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, visit the Web site http://www.engineering.asu.edu" target="_blank">http://engineering.asu.edu.

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