Honeywell to improve infrastructure, energy efficiency for U.S. Army arsenal

Honeywell and the U.S. Army announced a $61 million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (JMTC).

The project will support critical infrastructure improvements at the industrial facility that will increase energy efficiency by cutting energy use by about 35 percent, and generate up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings.

The Army launched the technology center upgrades through a 20-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala. Honeywell guarantees the improvements will generate the target savings, which should repay the investment used to fund the work. As a result, the project requires no capital or additional taxpayer dollars upfront.

The 1.5-million-square-foot JMTC manufactures a wide variety of metal parts and systems for the Department of Defense, and is part of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison located in Rock Island, Ill., the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the U.S.

JMTC accounts for two-thirds of the Garrison's overall energy consumption. So along with the immediate savings, the project will help the Garrison meet the requirements of a presidential executive order that calls for federal facilities to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015.

The project will save nearly 5.5 million kWh of electricity each year — enough energy to power almost 490 homes on average. In addition, the Honeywell work is expected to deliver environmental benefits. As a result of transitioning to natural-gas heating, for example, annual coal use at the central plant will drop by about 12,000 tons.

Honeywell and the Army will begin the project this month and expect to complete the upgrades by the first half of 2017.

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