Doernbecher Children’s Hospital – Oregon Health and Sciences University – Portland, Oregon
Energy Modeling / Energy Analysis
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital was originally built in 1998. In 2015, a new MRI wing and additional Operating Room were added. SOLARC was retained to identify and analyze design changes that could significantly reduce energy use in the overall hospital while improving long-term maintainability for the mechanical systems. As a result of SOLARC’s analysis and modeling effort, the mechanical design was significantly modified so that all new and existing operating rooms were served by a new dedicated air handling unit. This allowed control and scheduling changes to be made to both new and existing systems. SOLARC worked closely with the design team, and especially the mechanical engineer, to define the system changes and coordinate the representation of those changes in the construction documents. SOLARC also worked closely with the Energy Trust of Oregon to identify and obtain financial incentives associated with the achieved energy savings.
Hospital size: 280,900 sq.ft.
Annual electric energy savings: 835,290 kWh
Annual natural gas energy savings: 39,600 therms
Annual energy cost savings: $76,150
Utility incentive: $209,000
Cost of efficiency changes: $408,000
Energy Efficiency Strategies Identified and Implemented