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Hospital's innovative geothermal system draws press attention

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

ELGIN, IL – The innovative geothermal system at Sherman Hospital, now under construction in Elgin, Illinois, is drawing national and regional press attention this month.

The operational and economic value of the geothermal system, as well as the technology behind it, are discussed in July’s Healthcare Design feature, “Running Hot and Cold”, by Shepley Bulfinch Principal Jonathan Gyory. Shorter pieces have run in the Chicago Tribune and other regional press.

The project is the world’s largest geothermal hospital project currently under construction. The 154-acre site includes a 15-acre manmade lake with a geothermal “net” at the bottom. Installation of the geothermal system, which carried a first-cost price tag of $4.5 million when compared to a conventional gas-fired plant, was originally expected to pay for itself in eight years. Surging conventional energy costs have already reduced that break-even point to less than six years. The system was designed by KJWW Engineering of Rock Island, IL.

The 255-bed hospital is scheduled for completion in 2010.

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