Hogan Regional Center Sets Energy Savings Standard

SMMA was on hand on October 2 for the ribbon cutting of the newly refurbished Hogan Regional Center in Danvers, a Department of Developmental Services site that serves adults with intellectual disabilities. DDS commissioner Elin Howe led a group of numerous state dignitaries at the event.

A design build collaboration between SMMA and J.C. Cannistraro, LLC, the project represented a completely new energy system for the 170-bed facility wherein a nearby power plant burning #6 fuel oil was decommissioned and replaced by clean-burning natural gas boilers in each building.

In the first year, the results have been dramatic: Eliminating more than 800,000 gallons of dirty fuel oil consumption; a 77% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, from 10,000 metric tons to 2,500 metric tons; and total operational cost savings at the site of approximately $2 million, also a 77% reduction. Similar results have been recorded at the Wrentham Developmental Center, which is already operational.

Together, Hogan and Wrentham represent a $22.7 million Comprehensive Energy Project as part of Gov. Deval Patrick administration’s Leading by Example sustainability program. SMMA served as Project Designer at both sites, rendering engineering and architecture services