Innovative Energy Solutions Earn State and National Recognition for City of Dearborn

The Millennium Energy Company/Larkin Engineering HVAC Infrastructure and Energy Initiative for the city of Dearborn, MI, has been recognized as Project of the Year by AEE and APWA.

Dearborn Municipal Campus Buildings

Dearborn Municipal Campus Buildings

City of Dearborn Municipal Campus Buildings

Dearborn Municipal Campus Buildings

DEARBORN, Michigan, Oct. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Millennium Energy Company is pleased to announce that the Dearborn, MI, HVAC Infrastructure & Energy Initiative has been recognized for: new energy efficiency technologies supporting a national effort to create sustainability in older buildings.

This multi-year project aimed to transform the city’s 80-acre building complex opposite Ford World Headquarters into a world-class energy-efficient, sustainable urban campus.

It was named Project of the Year by the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) Region III and the American Public Works Association (APWA) Michigan Chapter. It was also nominated for APWA’s National Project of the Year.

“There are numerous elements of the Dearborn project that together make it quite unique and innovative. The central power station and much of the energy infrastructure were built in the 1960s and energy costs had risen to over $1 million a year. This project puts the city of Dearborn at the forefront of municipal energy management and efficiency, with energy cost savings alone estimated at more than $600,000 per year,” said Vytau Virskus, Head of Millenium Energy Company, adding that there are over a trillion square feet of public and commercial buildings across the country that could benefit from this type of energy infrastructure upgrade.

Millenium Energy Company partnered with Larkin Engineering to design an innovative, comprehensive solution for upgrading heating and cooling infrastructure that would maximize energy efficiency and minimize future energy and maintenance costs. The core of this solution is: Millennium’s patented E~flow control system, that uses a patented control algorithm to meet a building’s real-time heating and cooling demand to deliver the right amount of hydropower energy at the right time to each of the buildings and heating/cooling systems on the campus.

“These projects are designed to modernize the HVAC, lighting and control infrastructure of our municipal campus buildings while improving comfort and reliability and reducing operating and energy costs,” said Eric Witte, deputy director of Public Works Works by the City of Dearborn “Most of the work was done during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the buildings were occupied and in operation. I must thank all those involved for their efforts to bring the project to a successful conclusion under very extenuating circumstances. Thank you.”

Anthony Belzak, Superintendent of Powerhouse and Facilities, stated: “Conversion of the campus constant volume chilled water distribution system to a variable flow rate would not have been possible without the E~flow technologyHe added, “Along with the maintenance-related cost savings, the total savings for the city could be more than $1 million per year.”

The project involved upgrading HVAC, thermal and electrical infrastructure and other energy-consuming systems to the latest technology in six key buildings: Dearborn Administrative Building (DAC), Henry Ford Centennial Library, Police Building and Jail, Dearborn 19th District Court Building, Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, and the central refrigeration and electrical distribution center (Powerhouse). Larkin Engineering completed all MEP design work for complete HVAC, boiler and refrigeration installations. CSM Mechanical and CSM Energy Solutions carried out most of the mechanical installation work, the integration of building automation and E~flow programming.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Michigan Chapter’s Project of the Year award presented at a banquet on Oct. 13 in Traverse City, MI:

“This was a unique project due to its size and scope and considering the significant energy reduction achieved, utilizing the latest building automation technology, as well as infrastructure replacement. There is a great need for this type of project in commercial and public spaces to reduce our collective energy needs.The City of Dearborn HVAC Infrastructure & Energy Initiative should be viewed as a model for other municipalities to follow,” said Karen Mondora, APWA Michigan Chapter, Awards Chair.

Awarded by the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) Region III, Project of the Year was presented on October 19 at AEE’s global conference in New Orleans, LA:

“We are honored to award this year’s Energy Project of the Year to Vytau Virskus,” said Jerry Eaton, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Vice President (Region III). “Vytau’s work on energy efficiency and cost reduction is awe-inspiring. His contribution and project implementation efforts to the Dearborn, MI, HVAC Infrastructure & Energy Initiative is truly remarkable. The total project resulted in energy savings of approximately $600,000/year. Congratulations!”

The project started in 2016 and construction started in 2018. Most of the work was completed in 2020. The rest are expected to be completed in 2021, although efforts for continued energy efficiency and sustainability will be ongoing.


Jenn Virskus
Millennium Energy Company
VP Marketing
Cell: (517) 203-8341
[email protected]

Mary Laundroche
Director, Public Information Department
City of Dearborn
Office: (313) 943-2322
Cell: (313) 719-0166
[email protected]

Related files

Millennium Energy Co-City of Dearborn Project Highlights.pdf

Related images

Figure 1: Dearborn City Municipal Campus Buildings

The City of Dearborn, MI, launched an initiative to transform the 80-acre building complex across from Ford World Headquarters into a world-class energy-efficient, sustainable municipal campus.

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