Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan

Fundamentally different design

  • Operational cost savings
  • Improved resiliency
  • Reduced GHG emissions

Stuyvesant Town, commonly known as StuyTown, is one of the largest residential complexes in the United States. Located in Manhattan, it comprises 89 addresses, as well as playgrounds and parks. Following Hurricane Sandy, StuyTown’s management wanted to reduce energy bills and provide emergency power by installing combined heat and power (CHP).

StuyTown management was already in discussions with CHP vendors about installing small units in individual buildings, the traditional approach most building owners follow when considering this technology. Ecosystem proposed a fundamentally different design in its integrated engineering and construction project. Instead of individual units, two power plants including four combined heat and power (CHP) engines and eleven boilers will disconnect the property completely from costly district steam and generate the base electrical load for the entire campus. This will significantly reduce operating costs and provide emergency power. Steam heating system optimization will also improve tenant comfort. Project cost, annual savings, and incentives were guaranteed.

Customized Performance Measures

  • CHP
  • High-efficiency boilers
  • Steam peak optimization
  • Electricity resiliency and redundancy
  • Electrical systems upgrade
  • New gas service
  • Centralized controls for CHP plant

‘‘I didn’t just get an engineering group. I got a partner.’’

Tom Feeney, VP Facility Operations and Engineering