Bastyr University comprehensive building tune-up program

Paladino is working with Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington on a comprehensive building tune-up program, providing energy efficiency recommendations for an 187,000 square foot building that comprises the bulk of the built campus environment. Built in 1959, the building once served as a Catholic seminary, and since 1996 has adapted in phases to meet Bastyr’s needs.

Strategy

Tune-ups and boosted performance are a comprehensive part of a wider sustainability plan to address sustainability in Bastyr’s aging campus. A thorough look at the building’s energy use was a smart next step to meet the university’s sustainability goals.

“Sustainability requires active steps to alter those things which take away from our natural ecosystem,” says Michael Thoreby, facility operations manager at Bastyr University. “Building tune-ups are just one small step toward the re-investment in natural capital.”

Building upgrades will position Bastyr for continued sustainability excellence through energy efficiencies, and will also provide access to incentives through Puget Sound Energy (PSE) under the Comprehensive Building Tune-Up (CBTU) program. The program incentivizes low- or no-cost operational improvements or energy efficiency upgrades through commissioning. Paladino’s retro-commissioning process dovetails with the CBTU program, which can offset up to 100% of the commissioning investment.

Results

Based on preliminary results of the tune-up program, PSE has greenlighted the next phase of the project based on the energy savings potential of the building. Paladino’s retro-commissioning team will determine opportunities for energy saving measures with the greatest impact.