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Network Operations Center Relocation

Location: Rockville, Maryland Client: Montgomery College

JMT provided commissioning services, as well as Mechanical and Electrical design for the relocation of the NOC at Montgomery College.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) owns and operates a vast network of state roadways and support facilities.  An Energy Service Company (ESCO) provided SHA with a proposal for various energy conservation projects at various facilities to improve energy efficiency and provide cost savings.

JMT assisted the SHA with the compliance of Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) requirements for ESCO Proposal Review.  JMT reviewed the proposal and met with the SHA and the ESCO provider to negotiate the implementation of the contract as required by the DGS and Maryland legislative requirements.  JMT's review included an estimate of savings, facility descriptions, calculations, cost breakdown, energy conservation measures intent and lighting.  The proposal was reviewed for accuracy, completeness, feasibility and validity.

JMT developed a comprehensive report that showed the ESCO's proposal needed further refinement to their documentation.  JMT found inaccuracies throughout the ESCO proposal and had the SHA request a complete resubmission for the Phase II submission.  JMT found that 25% of the facility descriptions were not accurate.  The savings calculated would not be achieved and the methods of verifying the results did not conform to DGS or standard requirements.  The most blatant error of the ESCO was a miscalculation over the life of the contract of $9.17 million. 

JMT then assessed all submittals for materials against these energy savings calculations for compliance.  Submittals were not only reviewed for energy savings, but also for compatibility with the SHA's operations and core mission.  All changes to the original construction contract were evaluated and the change in energy savings was recalculated.  Costs associated with contract changes were verified by engineering estimates provided by JMT.

As construction for facilities was completed, JMT staff verified a sampling of the completed facilities to ensure that the anticipated energy savings would be achieved.  Materials were verified against the submitted items and measurements of the power consumption were witnessed and documented.  These power usage measurements were then cross checked against the original contracted energy savings.

JMT continues to work with the SHA and the ESCO to achieve the goals of the program.  Although the program has been limited, the SHA has been able to achieve up to 35% energy savings for some projects under the program and avoided many non-cost effective projects.

JMT has identified several discrepancies in the items installed versus the items submitted for installation.  In addition to these discrepancies, JMT has thoroughly documented the anticipated energy savings to be less than the original contract had stated based on inconsistencies between the Phase II proposal and the actual field conditions.

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