The Federal government is the largest real property owner in the United States. Its inventory of over 300,000 buildings, including hospitals, office buildings, laboratories, data centers, and museums requires over $20 billion in annual operation and maintenance expenditures.
Federal facilities contain building and access control systems—computers that monitor and control building operations such as elevators, electrical power, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When these system are not secure, compliant, or efficient they become unreliable and vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Chinook provides our Federal clients with risk assessments, strategies, and implementation services that help to protect the ongoing operations of the nation's critical infrastructure allowing them to address the challenges of physical harm to their facilities or their occupants without compromising security measures or hindering their ability carry out their missions.
Patient safety and HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), a standardized methodology for measuring patients' perspectives on hospital care, are of the highest priority for Health Systems throughout the country. This includes items such as communications, quietness and cleanliness; all of which drive the day to day management of hospital facilities.
Chinook helps our healthcare clients manage their facilities and portfolios from implementing best practices, to lean construction, to capital planning, condition assessments, and lifecycle cost analysis. Through our retro commissioning program, we take advantage of local utility incentives available across the country to help reduce the cost of implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs). Many hospitals with aging central plants are also prime candidates for combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Typical paybacks on our turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) projects are less than 3 years.
The power density of a data center can be 100 times more than a commercial office building and can use as much electricity as a small town. Data center managers and engineers are continuously trying to find ways to improve performance, enhance infrastructure density and increase capabilities. Reliability of facilities and infrastructure optimization is critical to maintaining a high level of service and 24x7 uptime.
Chinook provides our mission critical clients with both new construction and existing facility services. These services span the lifecycle and include modeling and engineering analysis of power distribution design, capacity, and redundancy, cooling design, temperature, pressure and airflow management, Level 5 commissioning, surveys of the functionality of space, power and cooling systems, and implementation of operations and maintenance protocols and best practices.
For commercial building owners, sustainability, including energy and water efficiency are key elements to their business strategy. Many commercial owners have increased their commitment to sustainable practices to make them more competitive. This includes investment in LEED certification and ENERGY STAR certified properties.
Chinook specializes in whole building LEED enhanced commissioning, including building envelope, and has successfully commissioned over 50 LEED facilities throughout the country. We implement sub-metering, conduct power studies, perform HVAC systems optimizations, facilitate controls and IT infrastructure upgrades, and implement energy management and computerized maintenance management programs.
Museums, galleries, and performing arts open minds, and foster creativity and innovation. New technologies and scientific progress improve quality of life, security, and economic growth of the country. A highly educated and skilled workforce has become critical with the rise of the digital age and rapid developments in technology, manufacturing, and the energy sector. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a key factor in future economic competitiveness and receives public and private sector investment of almost $300 billion annually.
Chinook focuses on the integration of building systems and technology in campus environments. This enables our owner to have centralized visibility and control over the key elements that promote day to day efficient and cost effective operations. Services we provide include condition assessments, utility master planning, capital planning for upgrades and expansion programs, systems engineering and the integration of disparate building controls systems, IT infrastructure management and cybersecurity assessments.