Early one January morning in northeast Montana, where even moderate winter conditions result in wind chills of 50 below, Twitch Griswold, facilities manager for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Big Beaver, calls his old friend Johnny Tundra in a panic—the building’s four boilers are tripping out on high temperature every time Twitch turns around. Luckily for him, Johnny has his back.
Amid sub-zero temperatures and 80-mph winds, two of four furnaces serving the State Lands headquarters continually are tripping off. Could the problem be ice crystals in the fuel line? The facilities manager, Pete “Plug” Lipcheau, has cleaned the fuel filters and blown out the fuel lines to no avail. Plug is about to come uncorked when he asks his pal Johnny Tundra to take a look.
At Rosebud County Vocational Technical School, the freeze-protection thermostat on a new rooftop air-handling unit is tripping continually. To Facility Manager Jonas “Wooly” Wolcott’s surprise, Johnny Tundra believes the solution to the rooftop problem lies in the boiler room.
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A top priority for higher education institutions is to provide a competitive learning environment for their students. In order to succeed, they must address outdated, aging campus facilities. In these older buildings maintenance and operations costs are high, space utilization is inefficient and poorly managed, and current technology is lacking. This white paper explores four strategies for converting campus facilities into a network of smart buildings that address the needs of current and future students....More