The Creighton University campus consists of more than 50 buildings totaling more than 3,600,000 square feet. Some buildings date back more than 100 years. The buildings and building spaces include student housing, classrooms, offices, medical and research labs, and a Cathedral. The type, age and condition of the utility systems varies across the spectrum.

Optimized Systems has been hired by Creighton University to perform full retro commissioning (optimization) of multiple existing buildings and the commissioning of all new systems, regardless of size, to enhance the working and living environments of students, faculty and staff, as well as to promote sustainable energy conservation. This effort includes development of mechanical and systems controls standards to be used campus-wide.

The initial phase of optimization is saving the University more than $1.5M in operating costs annually. Additional energy savings are expected as optimization of more buildings is completed.

Optimized Systems also developed a dashboard system for the University for real-time monitoring and reporting of their energy consumption by building, campus wide. When fully implemented, the dashboard will also enable students, faculty, staff and others to monitor how their actual energy consumption is stacking up against their conservation and sustainability goals – in real time. Students will be able to see the effects of their conservation efforts in their dorms, classrooms and other buildings across campus. The dashboard allows the University to identify “energy hogs” and manage their energy consumption more effectively.