Case Study: Let There Be Light: Lancaster General Health Turns to Richards Energy Group for Lighting Fix

Lancaster General Health is a 690-bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital, a network of outpatient centers, and Lancaster General Health Physicians primary and specialty care. Lancaster General Health has partnered with Richards Energy Group, a family owned energy-consulting firm in Manheim, Pa., to design and install high performance LED lighting at two of the health organization’s parking areas.

The Problem
Old, outdated lighting systems, which contained small amounts of mercury in their bulbs, were in need of replacement at Lancaster General Health Systems facilities with newer, energy efficient lighting.

The Solution

The cutting-edge, energy efficient lighting system replaces the existing lighting at the 10-level employee parking garage on Queen Street in downtown Lancaster; and the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion and Women & Babies Hospital, both in East Hempfield Township.

The Result
John Hartman, Senior Director for Facilities and Construction Management at Lancaster General Health, says. “Investing in green initiatives is very important to us as a health organization. Lancaster General Health is constantly searching for ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease maintenance costs. This project addresses both.” In addition, all products used in this project qualify for the “Buy American” provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Installation at the two project sites is slated to be completed in January 2014, reducing energy and maintenance costs by more than $250,000 per year.