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501 New Mexico VA Healthcare System
1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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The VA Albuquerque sits on 100 acres and is made up of 30 buildings, including in-patient, out-patient, administration and educational space as well as an auditorium. Approximately 400,000 sq. ft. of space were built in 1932 and the campus more than doubled in 1987 with the addition of another 500,000 sq. ft.

Our multi-disciplinary engineering team leads our energy efficiency efforts and is headed by our chief of engineering services. We include energy issues in the decision making processes of various business activitivies, such as building maintenance and new construction plans.

With the support of top management and other services in the hospital, we upgraded the efficiency of our lighting, fan systems, HVAC, and steam traps. We keep all of our equipment operating efficiently by providing on- and off-site training for our staff.

Lighting: We spent $1,000,000 to replace ballasts and tubes with T-8 with electronic ballasts through a GSA Energy Savings Performance Contract and some of our own funding. The project has a payback period of five years.

Fan Systems: We are gradually replacing our old fan motors with highly efficient ones and are adding variable speed drive capability.

HVAC: We placed economizers on our boilers to pre-heat water and are using a system in our chiller plant to provide essentially free cooling by diverting cooling tower water to air handling fan units.

Steam Trap Upgrades: Through our aggressive steam trap replacement program, we are improving functionality and saving money by replacing electric condensate pumps with steam-driven ones.

Other Load Reductions: Holes in the ceiling were repaired to make the building tighter.

We track our campus's energy performance internally and send our utility data to VA headquarters quarterly for comparison and analysis. Dollars saved from our energy reductions go a long way toward helping us achieve our goal of providing excellent patient care for veterans.


We keep our employees up-to-date with our energy efficiency efforts by including news items about ENERGY STAR in our weekly newsletter. We also provided employees with a list of energy conservation tips. Regular meetings keep our top managers informed of our efforts and allow us to present proposals for future projects. To inform our community of our efforts, our phone system plays a recorded message about ENERGY STAR whenever someone is placed on "hold". We also provided ENERGY STAR information to our local newspaper for publication.


"The New Mexico VA Health Care System's ENERGY STAR label is a symbol of the importance we place on energy efficiency and dollar savings. If we can save a dollar on our utility bills, we can use that dollar to help treat patients. This makes energy savings of great importance to our hospital."
-- Ron Richter, Chief, Engineering Services, New Mexico VA Health Care System

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Department of Veterans Affairs or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Property Manager:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2003 (92)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1409800 sf

Year Constructed: 1986

Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant