Control Systems Integration for Enhanced Performance

Architect of the Capitol (AOC)

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) with the use of Energy Saving Performance Contracts (ESPC) continues to experience extensive growth of their Building Automation Systems (BAS). Legacy pneumatic energy systems are being converted to electronic controls which increase the opportunity for AOC to monitor performance and increase the energy savings of a building. Conquest Solutions (CQS), with its vast knowledge of Building Automation Systems has helped contribute to a 15-30% energy reduction for several buildings on Capitol Hill, including the U.S. Capitol, Capitol Visitor’s Center, U.S. Supreme Court, House and Senate Office Buildings.

CQS working alongside Ameresco, an Energy Service Company (ESCO) was instrumental in coordinating the integration of 50,000 new SCADA BACnet points from all the Senate Office Building newly installed control modules into the existing AOC BAS front-end platform. This integration enhanced building operator visibility of their equipment leading to greater operational awareness and maintenance.

CQS also worked with Ameresco on the U.S. Capitol ESPC project providing quality control, engineering and technical management support services on multiple Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) including steam trap replacement, lighting retrofits and Direct Digital Control (DDC) upgrades.  CQS using its core competencies was instrumental in delivering a finished product to the client that has increased equipment maintenance efficiency.

In addition to the ESPC support, CQS performed a full Direct Digital Control (DDC) integration of the existing stand-alone U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) state-of-the-art system into the AOC’s complex-wide Building Automation System.  At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol’s more than two-century history and is approximately three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself.  The intent of the integration project was to provide the programming necessary to completely control the existing control system using a newly generated graphical interface as part of the AOC’s complex-wide BAS.  This integration has further enhanced the situational awareness tools available to AOC personnel which allows for easy sorting, filtering and analyzing of large amounts of data in a timely fashion.