Sustainable Facilities Center

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Rowan University

 

Building Information ModelingThe Sustainable Facilities Center (SFC) is part of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University (RU). The center helps public and private entities sustainably manage facilities by reducing the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings. The faculty associated with the SFC have worked on sustainable facilities projects since before 2004. These efforts resulted in the founding of the SFC in 2018.

Assistance offered by SFC includes:

  • BUILDER SMS implementation;
  • Building energy & water audits;
  • 3D laser scans of building interiors & exteriors;
  • Building information modeling using Autodesk Revit;
  • BUILDER SMS implementation;
  • Facility management using FacilityDude;
  • Energy outreach and planning;
  • Installation Status Reviews;
  • Solar and wind assessments.

Graduate and undergraduate students are crucial to the success of the SFC. Graduate students work on center-related theses and dissertations. Undergraduate students participate through summer internships and engineering clinic coursework.

 

Contact the center by emailing Jess W. Everett at everett@rowan.edu.

 

Check out this 2021 article on the center.

 

Check out these 2019 articles on the center: 1 | 2 | 3.

We were recognized in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in 2019 and 2016 by the Army Community Partnership Program.
We are funded by NJDMAVA, along with RU GeoLab and SU SUEIP

 

 

Current projects at the Sustainable Facilities Center (SFC) are funded by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and the New Jersey Army National Guard. CFS is open to working with other public or private organizations.

Students working of SFC Clinic have access to Rowan Hall Rm. 222 during normal working ours. Eat lunch, study, do HW!

 

NJARNG BUILDER SMS

BUILDER SMS is a 'web-based software application developed by ERDC’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) to help civil engineers, technicians and managers decide when, where and how to best maintain building infrastructure.' SFC is helping NJARNG implement BUILDER in New Jersey.

3D Scanner

 

NJARNG BIM

SFC creates 4 Building Information Models (BIM) of NJARNG facilities each year using 3D laser scanning technology and BIM software. BIM will reduce the cost of future rennovations and repairs.

 

NJDMAVA Facilities Management

SFC assists the NJ Department of Military and Veteran Affairs as it sustainably manages its facilities in New Jersey. This includes implementation and management of an online work order system, performing site visits to collect data and recommending preventative maintenance. Additional activities may include monitoring energy, water, and sewage flows, conducting life cycle assessments to identify the best options for equipment repair and replacement, verifying energy savings from implemented efficiency measures, or performing energy security inspections.

 

NJDMAVA Building Audits

SFC inventories energy & water consumption at 8 military facilities in NJ a year, e.g., Readyness Centers. Energy Audits involve modeling the energy consumption of a building and identifying opportunities to save on utility bills. Recommendations are often made that, when implemented, recover the cost of the audit in as little as one or two years.

 

NJDMAVA Installation Status Report (ISR)

SFC conducts 30 ISRs a year. The ISR is a 'web-based integrated executive information system, was developed by the Department of the Army in 1994 as a method to assess installation level conditions and performance against Army-wide standards.'

 

NJARNG Planning and Outreach

SFC implements NJARNG's education awareness program through quarterly newsletters and presentations. We also assist with NJARNG's Installation Energy and Water Plan.

 

 

 

Jess W. Everett, Founding Director

Jess Everett (Ph.D. Duke University) is the founding director of the Sustainable Facilities Center and a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University since 1998. He has conducted research in sustainable engineering, solid waste management, site remediation, and pedagogy using operations research, statistical methods, and laboratory and field-based experimentation. He has worked on 70 funded projects, published 58 refereed journal articles, and authored five electronic web-book for pathfinder.rowan.edu.

 

William Riddell

William Riddell (Ph.D. Cornell University) is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to Rowan, Dr. Riddell worked at the NASA Langley Research Center, and the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. His research and teaching interests revolve around energy and infrastructure, with particular interest in how materials, design and operating environment interact to affect maintenance and inspection strategies as well as sustainability.

 

Kathy Mullins

Kathleen Mullins (B.S. Seton Hall University) joined the Rowan University SFC team in 2018 as the Sustainable Facilities advisor. She also assists with Builder SMS programs. She brings significant experience in both the private and public sectors (Insurance, Relocation, Project Management and Public Parking industries) in facilities management, maintenance, contract and lease negotiations, rent and facilities maintenance budgets, NJ public contract/bid requirements, and project management.

 

L.N. Blackburn

L.N. Blackburn (B.S. Swarthmore & MNR Virginia Tech) joined the Rowan University SFC team in 2021 as the Energy-BIM-Builder advisor. She leads projects in resiliency, building information modeling (BIM) and data collection for BUILDER – a federally-required building asset inventory and assessment database. She has significant experience in mulitple areas of civil engineering including – domestic and hazardous groundwater treatment, site and landfill development, and building condition inventory and assessment. She brings her experience as a college/career planner and sustainability advocate to advise and inform SFC clinic students and interns.

 

William Johnson

William Johnson (B.S. Neumann University) joined the Rowan University SFC team in 2021 as the Building Auditor/ISR Advisor. He works with student teams to conduct building energy/water audits, conducts facility inventories and completes Installation Status Reports for New Jersey, and assists with BUILDER SMS programs. His interests include nuclear energy technology, process safety, and facilities management.

 

Francis (Mac) Haas

Mac Haas (Ph.D. Princeton University) is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering working in the thermal-fluid sciences. His research interests include alternative energy technologies, formation and transformation of air pollutants, advanced manufacturing techniques, process safety and applied data science.

 

Jie Li

Jie Li (Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology) is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to Rowan, Dr. Li worked at Clarkson University, GE Energy Management, and IBM China Research Center. Her research lies in the planning, operation, and control of power systems, with particular interests in the modeling and optimization of large-scale electricity transmission and distribution systems with a deeper penetration of distributed energy resources, flexible demand-side assets, and Microgrids.

 

Robert Krchnavek

Robert Krchnavek (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include alternative energy, smart grids, nanotechnology, MEMS, photonics, electromagnetics, and materials processing.

 

Rowan Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Currently, the CFS has two graduate students and anywhere from 16 to 24 undergraduate students. Approximately 16 student interns work at the center during the summer. Approximately 24 students work on projects each semester, through the Engineering Clinic program.

 

2021 Summer Interns

 

2018 - 2020 Graduate Students

 

2020 Summer Interns

 

2018 - 2020 Graduate Students

 

2019 Summer Interns

 

2018 Fall Engineering Clinic Students

 

2018 Summer Interns

 

 

Some of the projects listed below pre-date the inception of the Sustainable Facilities Center in 2018. Similar projects can be completed within the center.

 

NJDMAVA Solar Hot Water

CFS assessed the feasibility of installing solar hot water systems for the supply of hot water at NJDMAVA facilities in NJ. We also evaluated different methods for estimating required capacity.

 

Bio-infiltration Basin & Rain Gardens

With funds from NJ Department of Environmental Protection and working with the Camden & Gloucester County Soil Conservation Districts, Rowan University built a bio-infiltration basin and three rain gardens demonstration sites on campus.

 

Solar Array Design

With funds from various entities, Rowan University has developed preliminary designs for arrays with capacity ranging from 50 to 500 kW.

 

Wind Assessments

With funds from various entities, Rowan University has assessed various locations in NJ regarding the suitability of siting wind turbines. Assessments are accomplished with anemometers on 30 m towers or with SODAR.

 

Wastewater Reuse

With funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Rowan University evaluated wastewater reuse in Gloucester County. Wastewater reuse involves using wastewater, i.e., the effluent from wastewater treatment plants, for a variety of purposes, such as irrigation, toilet flushing, cooling water, fire protection, and aquifer recharge. Wastewater reuse can increase the supply of usable water for humans. It can also be used to return streams to historical flow levels or prevent saltwater intrusion. The wastewater reuse project at Rowan University assessed potential wastewater reuse in the Northern portion of Gloucester County and evaluated a specific project involving the Pitman Golf Course, the new SJ Technology Park, and the proposed Rowan West Campus.

 

Zero Waste

Rowan University evaluated Zero Waste opportunities for the Boro of Pitman. The Zero Waste movements views discards as resources, not waste. Rowan University evaluated the town's recycling program and assessed opportunities to reduce and eliminate waste.