Spectrum Health United Hospital Earns Second Place Biggest Loser in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Spectrum Health United Hospital was awarded second place in the Biggest Loser category in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

Each year, Spectrum Health sets a system-wide goal of achieving $500,000 in energy savings via reduced electricity and gas usage across its regional hospitals and downtown Grand Rapids campus. This year, United Hospital’s contribution included initiating several energy reducing projects such as optimizing the United Hospital chiller plant, replacing controls for the snow melt system and upgrading to LED lighting in parking lots and other areas throughout the hospital.

“This recognition is quite an accomplishment,” said Matt Johnson, Spectrum Health United Hospital Project Manager. “It is truly a team effort that involves collaboration, innovative design and great relationships between engineering, facilities and our vendors.”

After two years as runner-up in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings competition, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital topped the category with 7.57 percent reduction in energy usage and Spectrum Health United Hospital captured second place with 7.07 percent reductions from a field of 29 buildings in the Health/Hospital category this year.

The buildings that demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in EUI (energy use intensity) during the 2017 competition were recognized as winners at the 2018 Energy Summit at the JW Marriott on April 18, 2018. This summit consisted of keynote speakers, panel discussions of participants, exhibit booths, and an award ceremony.

“At Spectrum Health, we are committed to reducing energy usage. Not only is it good for us as an organization financially, it’s good for the environment,” said Andrea Leslie, Spectrum Health United Hospital President.

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all commercial buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the region and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators.