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McCormick Place West
Chicago, IL, United States
Mixed Use Mixed Use
Completed: Summer/2007

Chicago, IL - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Chicago, IL - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Chicago, IL - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Chicago, IL - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Chicago's McCormick Place is one of the premier convention facility in North America. McCormick Place consists of four state-of-the-art buildings: the North and South Buildings, the West Building and Lakeside Center and together they attract close to 3 million visitors each year. On August 2, 2007, McCormick Place officials opened yet another addition to the complex, the West Building, also designed by tvsdesign and costing $882 million and completed 8 months ahead of schedule. The publicly-financed West Building contains 470,000 square feet of exhibit space, bringing McCormick Place\'s total existing exhibition space to 2,670,000 square feet. The West Building also has 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of meeting space, including 61 meeting rooms.

McCormick Place building management required that all of the 3rd party devices in this building were BACnet-based. The building has experienced numerous benefits of communicating using the BACnet protocol, including the chilled water system that is fully automated and delivers chilled water to all other buildings in complex. The piping system is interconnected with the energy center and the chilled water center. The 6 Trane chillers are 1,400 tons each and are capable of generating 26oF glycol to a Brine tank heat exchanger at the Energy Center during non-peak hours, which in turn delivers 34oF glycol to the entire campus during peak hours.

Number of Buildings: 1 Total Area: >2 million

Special Features:
- LEED Silver Certified
- Features a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) ballroom, the size of a football field and one of the largest ballrooms in the world.

Products / Equipment Installed: Systems Integrated:
BACnet Devices:
6 Trane 1,400 ton chillers (290 points)
136 ABB drives ranging in size from 25 HP to 350 HP (680 Points)
4 - 350 HP Chilled Glycol Pumps
4 - 150 HP Hot Water Pumps
2 - 100 HP Secondary Condenser Water Pumps (water source heat pumps and refrigeration equipment)
10 - 60 HP Tower Fan Drives
116 - Variable HP Fan Drives
64 Climatemaster water source heat pumps (3,520 points)
Approx. 300 Honey/Vulcain NOx, SOx & CO sensors for Multi-level Garage and Exhibit Halls
90 - eSC panels (2,880 points)
1,541 eTrac MS/TP points
Boiler, Chiller, CO2 Monitoring, Heatpump, HVAC, Smoke, VAV, Water Monitoring

Number of Devices: 5000 System Points: 6000

Owner / Occupier: Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Engineering Firm: A Epstein & Sons

Consultants: PEC LLC

System Integrator: Great Lakes Controlled Energy Corp

Mechanical Contractor: Climatemp/F.E. Moran

BACnet Manufacturers: ABB, Philips Teletrol, Trane, ClimateMaster

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