As part of the overall campus master plan to renovate and expand the entire 27-acre retirement community, Willamette View identified the need to also improve the current energy efficiency of its campus-wide mechanical system(s) including heating, cooling, electrical usage, recycling of household waste, and solar energy harvesting. The first major step was the decoupling of a “central plant” system servicing three buildings on the campus, all fed from the basement of the tallest building in Clackamas County, the Manor building.
This MEP improvement was the first project to start accomplishing overall “green building” goals for the campus. The late 1920’s building’s boiler rooms were renovated to house state of the art MEP systems. Work included new energy efficient boilers for heating, new efficient hot water delivery system, and electrical improvements including emergency power generator and controls. Work also included the installation of two chiller units cooled by an exterior cooling tower. The entire mechanical and electrical system is monitored and controlled by a new central building management system.