Renasant Convention Center and E|K AutomationIn the fall of 2020, the Memphis Renasant Convention Center completed its multi-year, $200 million transformation. Working with integration expert E|K Automation they installed Desigo Optic open building management software to seamlessly connect old and new HVAC and mechanical equipment and systems with new drives and controls. Offering greater visibility on equipment performance, Desigo Optic provides the actionable insights Renasant Convention Center uses to achieve their efficiency, sustainability, comfort, and indoor air quality (IAQ) objectives.
There’s a lot on my plate, so I depend on Desigo Optic to lighten my load. The last thing I want to have to worry about is controlling the building, and thankfully I don’t have to anymore,”Darrell Jones, Director of Operations, Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center
Desigo Optic creates a holistic view of operations
With Desigo Optic, the operators at Renasant Convention Center receive a greater level of visibility into equipment performance of the large central plant, which encompasses three chillers, 16 boilers, primary and secondary pumping systems, as well as dozens of air handling units and hundreds of VAV boxes.
A combination of measured baselines and trend reporting provide the actionable insights that will give Renasant Convention Center what they need to optimize their equipment and have a long-term, positive impact on maintenance and allow the operations team to focus on strategic projects and other building maintenance that impact customer satisfaction.
Just as important is the effect on utility and energy consumption. One aspect of the renovation and transformation project added significant square footage to the facility, including glass-enclosed walkways and floor-to-ceiling windows with views out to the Mississippi River. While these new features have added to the thermal load on the building, Renasant has seen a 30% reduction in chilled water requirements and its utility bills have remained roughly the same.
On the old platform, all we could do was get start/stop and temperature in/out data. But now, you can pull up the graphic and it’s like you’re standing directly in front of the chiller. You know everything that’s going on, right from your tablet.Jerry Edwards, President, E|K Automation
Desigo Optic open building management software creates holistic view of operations to delight customers. “It boils down to ease of controls and ease of operations. Desigo Optic is the easiest platform I’ve used; anyone can learn it quickly. I love it," says Darrell Jones, Director of Operations, Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center.
See how Memphis 'Renasnt Convention Center transformed their HVAC equipment with Desigo automation by viewing our project infographic.
Streamlining operations and ensuring comfort with ease
According to Renasant Convention Center’s Director of Operations, Darrel Jones, Desigo Optic’s ease of use streamlines day-to-day operations. “There’s a lot on my plate, so I depend on Desigo Optic to lighten my load. The last thing I want to have to worry about is controlling the building, and thankfully I don’t have to anymore,” he says. “We used to spend more than a third of our day trying to control building comfort in some way. But today, thanks to Desigo Optic, this takes 15 minutes at most; it’s just a few keystrokes on the computer.”
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