M.C. Dean, Inc. recently teamed with McCarthy Building Cos., Inc. to win a $23 million contract for the design/build of a new co-generation energy system, commonly referred to as a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Campus in Dallas. The CHP plant will consist of a high pressure, natural gas generator that will simultaneously produce electricity and thermal energy using a single fuel source. This new co-generation energy system will provide 50% of the medical center’s annual electricity usage and save the Veteran’s Administration nearly $5 million in annual utility costs.

In addition to the electrical work, M.C. Dean will be furnishing a new fire alarm, telecom, and security system, as well as a complete supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for new and existing campus interfaces.

The Dallas VAMC is a major teaching and medical research center that provides a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology. It has cared for American military veterans for more than half a century. The 84-acre campus employs roughly 3,300 employees and more than 1,700 volunteers.

Planned completion is scheduled for the summer of 2013.