Storied Halls Serving a Changing World: Protecting a Beloved Asset
Fort Leslie J. McNair, National Defense University
Located on the Potomac River, the National Defense University (NDU) is a jewel of the Department of Defense. Within its five ornate masonry buildings, NDU educates and trains the next generation of national security leaders to protect our country. To deliver this mission, NDU cannot afford any system failures or downtime, despite relying on aging equipment with unidentified deficiencies. With this in mind, the Army entrusted Chinook to go above and beyond a routine service agreement and provide a proactive, whole lifecycle approach to maintain its MEP and controls systems.
Carte blanche to do what we do best.
Chinook dove in, immediately identifying urgent system deficiencies, implementing corrective measures to resolve them, and eliminating risk to NDU’s daily operations. These solutions included upgrades and replacements of actuators, pumps, exhaust fans, HVAC controllers, cooling towers, chillers, and boilers, to name a few. To address longer-term issues, our engineers also recommended a series of major renovations and replacements to improve performance, including scopes of work, ROM pricing, and implementation schedules. Following evaluation by Senior Army Leadership and regular Congressional briefings, the Army approved the full list of recommendations for immediate implementation.
As we continue our partnership with NDU, Chinook leverages our firmwide expertise in cybersecurity, controls, and commissioning to create additional value. Our recommendations include interconnecting the buildings’ stand-alone BAS systems, allowing controls operators to maintain and operate the facilities from a single workstation; developing building-specific re-commissioning plans based on the U.S. Army’s Re-Commissioning Technical Guide; and replacing outdated chiller plants, standardizing them under a single manufacturer to streamline future maintenance.
Corrective measures delivered in Year One:
Value of corrective measures identified:
$ 1.7 M