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Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
1638 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Cape Fear Valley Medical Center is a 1.7 million square-foot, over 500-bed acute care hospital located in Fayetteville, North Carolina that provides high-quality patient care as a regional healthcare provider. Originally constructed in 1955 as a nonprofit community hospital, Cape Fear Valley has undergone multiple expansions and renovations that have contributed to the challenges of developing and implementing a comprehensive energy management plan.

Energy performance for the facility is managed by a team of energy specialists consisting of Fred McMillan, Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager and Director of Engineering; Patrick Kear, Energy Manager; and a supporting staff of two engineering managers and two construction managers.

In 2008, the energy specialists began benchmarking using Portfolio Manager, EPA?s ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool.  After their initial assessment, the team created a plan that would reduce energy use and make Cape Fear Valley Medical Center eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. They initiated a comprehensive evaluation of the facility's overall energy performance, gained an understanding of human behaviors regarding energy use, and developed and implemented strategies to improve overall energy efficiency. 

The energy team developed and implemented processes that focused on:

--         evaluating current preventative maintenance practices;

--         evaluating existing plant operations equipment and systems;

--         retro-commissioning to optimize the operational efficiency of existing equipment; and

--         continuously assessing and identifying energy reduction strategies and opportunities for improving overall energy performance.


The team began to review all infrastructure and construction upgrade projects to identify opportunities for incorporating energy-efficient products and technologies in its capital projects.  

These efforts enabled the team to identify and implement multiple low- to no-cost operational changes in maintenance strategies and practices. These small changes resulted in a net decrease of more than five percent in overall energy consumption. With this success, they expanded their efforts, implemented multiple energy-saving upgrades and procedures, and now save over $1.0 million annually.

The team is currently developing an in-house project to convert the existing T-8 lighting in the parking deck to LED. They have engaged a consulting engineer and are working with the emergency generator manufacturer to assist in developing a cost-benefit analysis for peak savings opportunities. The team has had preliminary discussions with EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to determine regulatory requirements to allow for expanded operation of the emergency generator systems.


Energy awareness and reduction strategies have been formally recognized by organizational leadership. Upon earning the ENERGY STAR, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center?s marketing group has developed an official press released outlining participation in the ENERGY STAR program, as well as energy reduction strategies, goals, and the annual cost saving associated with these efforts.  


?We embrace a philosophy of continual evaluation of energy reduction opportunities and strategies, utilizing ENERGY STAR resources, best practice methodologies, monthly monitoring and benchmarking of utility data, specifying energy efficient equipment and systems, upgrading inefficient equipment, and retro-commissioning existing equipment and systems.?   

-- Fred McMillan, CHFM, Director of Engineering, Cape Fear Valley Health System

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Cape Fear Valley Health System 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:*
Cape Fear Valley Health System

Property Manager:*
Cape Fear Valley Health System

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (79)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1709997 sf

Year Constructed: 1955

Contract Type: Multiple Vendor Contracts
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies