Lincoln Center

Client

Lincoln Center

Location

7800 Interstate 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230

Technical Details

155,490 Square Feet, 8 Stories

Project Type

HVAC Controls Integration

Controls Contractor

Computrols

Objectives

To leverage existing controllers as long as possible and allow the facilities management team to operate their own building automation system

Decision Drivers

Current vendor could no longer support system and existing controllers had been obsoleted by the manufacturers.

Installation Date

2015

Lincoln Center is a Class A office facility with over 155,000 square feet of space located in the Northwest portion of San Antonio, TX. The building was completed in 1984 and at that time, was outfitted with a Barber Colman building automation system.

Since the building’s original construction, there were Micronet controllers added to the system. This line of controllers communicates the LonWorks protocol. At this time, the system was being run by a Schneider Electric head end software. As the older Barber Colman and Micronet controllers began to fail, the facility management team turned to their current vendor for a progressive solution that would allow them to get the most out of their existing infrastructure. Their service partner told them they could no longer support the current system, and they needed to complete a full DDC upgrade.

In 2015, the building’s management group came to Computrols having heard about their unique ability to integrate with legacy building automation systems. Although the existing system utilized two different protocols, one of which was proprietary in nature, Computrols came in and integrated to the existing Barber Colman and Micronet controllers. Technicians did so by by replacing the two Schneider Electric UNC controllers with Computrols flagship X-line controls and replacing the Schneider Electric head end with the intuitive Computrols Building Automation Software (CBAS).

As a result of the integration project, the facilities team now has a system they can manage through Computrols state-of-the-art CBAS software and web interface. They also no longer have the ongoing expense of a service contract and are able to utilize their current controllers until they fail. At the time an existing controllers fails, it is replaced with a Computrols lifetime warranty controller.