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Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) Going Green


New corporate headquarters to have an energy efficient and reliable data center by October 2013

Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU), one of the largest credit unions in Pennsylvania, just hit the eight month mark for construction of their new headquarters in Harrisburg, PA. Originally built on Cameron Street in 1990, PSECU's business has been prospering at a rapid pace and will be relocated to a 239,000 square foot, three-story building on a 47-acre campus. “With expansion capability for up to 1,500 people, the project is intended to support PSECU growth for the next 50 years,” PSECU President Greg Smith said.

This $71 million construction effort for PSECU will not only be an investment in the company's growth, but a financial and environmental venture as well. PSECU teamed up with the premier, Mid-Atlantic energy solutions provider, UGI Performance Solutions (UGIPS), the energy arm of UGI HVAC Enterprises, Inc., owned by UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI). UGIPS exclusively developed an onsite power generation system that will support the energy security and reliability for the PSECU data center, in conjunction with Bala Engineering and The Capstone Corporation. UGI HVAC's mechanical and electrical divisions implemented the installation of this portion of the project.

Conceived by Quandel Construction, UGIPS teamed to develop a savings assessment associated with on-site power generation in comparison to running a second transmission line to the facility as well as backup diesel generation. A C1000 Capstone turbine (with four 200kW turbine generators expandable to five) and a Thermax absorption chiller were selected as the best solution to provide 800 kW of power and 300 tons of chilled water to the data center. This project will reduce emissions of CO2 by 1,468 tons per year, which is equivalent to moving 243 cars from the road.

The configuration allows for N+1+1 reliability of the data center while providing excess heating and cooling capability to the PSECU facility. At the projected day one loads, the 2.5 MW diesel generator can support the entire building and Data Center loads. If there happened to be an extended electrical grid outage, the Capstone system can support ongoing Data Center operations indefinitely, on natural gas.

“UGIPS worked closely with PSECU and their engineering team (Bala Consulting Engineers) to develop a unique solution to the requirements of modern data centers,” said Chuck Miller, GM of UGI Performance Solutions. “The system provided will deliver the energy security they require while reducing their overall cost of operations. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with PSECU.”

Some other architectural highlights include an exterior glass curtain and terra cotta panels, an exercise trail around the facility's perimeter, a first floor entrance with water features and glass handrail stairs, a state-of-the-art security/audiovisual systems, a day care center with playground area and a full kitchen facility. This project is seeking a LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council and is expected to be completed in October 2013.

UGI Performance Solutions (UGIPS) is a vertically integrated service network of wholly-owned subsidiaries of UGI. The venture incorporates exceptional design and engineering capability, world-class execution resources, and the innovation and ingenuity of hundreds of dedicated professionals. With the capability to design, build, own, operate, and maintain energy and efficiency assets, UGI Performance Solutions provides clean, innovative, and effective solutions and technologies that deliver improved performance, a healthier environment, and significant impact to its client's bottom. For more information, visit or call Hannah Mein at (215) 716-7512.

Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) opened in 1934, and was founded by twenty-two ordinary people with a mission to create a financial institution where pooled resources benefited all members. Today, PSECU is a full-service credit union with assets approaching $4 billion, serving nearly 400,000 members of businesses, organizations, and higher education institutions across Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit financial institution, PSECU's goal remains to help members and their families achieve a better life. For more information, visit

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