Forced to shut down the Terence Cardinal Healthcare Centre’s boilers during the 2009-2010 winter season due to age and over-usage, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant couldn’t have come at a better time. The Centre needed new boilers to provide heat and hot water to all of its residences but was hesitant about shelling out nearly $2.5 million to replace the older ones. Thankfully, this grant provided and extra $1 million needed to install three new boilers.
Located in the heart of the East Harlem neighbourhood in Manhattan, the Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Centre has provided homes for those living with chronic illnesses for the last hundred years. The centre is more than 500,000 square feet and includes resident rooms, rehabilitation facilities, recreational rooms, classrooms, and offices. The chapel, solarium, beauty salon, and gardens help to make the grounds friendly and relaxing, suitable for those who live there and those who come to visit. The people who live there come from all walks of life and include children with disabilities, adults living with HIV/AIDS, and those who suffer from Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease. All together, the heat and hot water demands at the Centre are huge and so any reduction would be helpful both financially and environmentally.
With the new boilers, the Centre will see enormous changes happen. First of all, there is a reduction of nearly 5 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Second, the boilers will run at a much higher rate of efficiency and use a hybrid of oil fuel and natural gas instead of #6 fuel oil, which results in a reduction of nearly 200,000 gallons of fuel oil annually. Finally, the new boilers run at much lower NOx levels, which contributes to cleaner air not only for the Centre but also for the East Harlem community.
Although this project costs around $2.5 million to complete, the annual energy savings for the Centre is estimated at about $500,000/year. So, the project will pay for itself in five years and after that the Centre will save almost a half a million dollars every year in energy costs. This is a system set in place with a bright future in store and a focus on health in all possible ways. The Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Centre is a great example of how large facilities can make changes and solid investments to positively affect the future of the Centre and the residents who call it home.
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