Challenge: Buffalo Medical Group’s (BMG) legacy Building Automation System (BAS) was beginning to fail, but the medical facility needed to remain functional with no disruption to patients and staff.
Solution: U&S, a Stark Tech Group company, applied its depth of industry expertise across numerous product manufacturers to customize a short-term solution to use the existing BAS to remain functional until the long-term solution is integrated.
The U&S team collaborated with Matt Nowakowski’s facilities management team from Buffalo Medical Group to plan and design a system replacement that protects the existing capital investment while providing a modern, future-ready solution that reduces operating expenses.
“I am proud of the collaboration completed on this project. We not only solved the immediate issues without any disruption to our medical services, but we were able to put an infrastructure in that supports our building for years to come.”– Matt Nowakowski, Facility Services Coordinator at BMG
Technology: The technology selected was the Schneider Electric Building Automation Platform, EcoStruxure. This technology, in additional to the expertise of the U&S healthcare team, provides the best overall solution for the critical operations within the building.
Results: EcoStruxure provides a web-enabled platform, providing insight into building operations 24/7 with full connectivity, which is a very important feature given today’s environment. In addition, ensuring ventilation systems are properly operating for Indoor Air Quality, advanced reporting and alarming features. The solution will also improve energy performance within the building.
Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic began right at the start of the project. While the pandemic posed many challenges, U&S, an essential business, was able to follow COVID-19 protocols, move forward with the project, and replace the existing Building Automation Control System on HVAC and power equipment. The team re-utilized a vast majority of existing sensors and devices.
A new dedicated Cat-6 ethernet network was installed for the BAS. This will ensure the system is operational on a future-ready network and achieve optimal network speed. All new graphical user interfaces were engineered and developed with the client’s input from start to finish to ensure the platform was built to meet the needs of the customer and preferences.