Johnson Controls completed an overhaul of the fourth-largest exhibition area in the world
Thanks to Johnson Controls, the world’s fourth-largest exhibition area has become that much more functional and attractive.
Using innovative technology, Johnson Controls recently overhauled the heating, cooling and ventilation system of this 260 million-square-meter building in Cologne, Germany. In the process, Koelnmesse has become more energy efficient and even easier to manage.
Needless to say, the job was no small task. Johnson Controls was charged with integrating a Honeywell Controller with some 17,000 data points in the facility’s seven existing halls as well as its East Convention Center. In addition to building automation equipment and other elements, the project was made all the more demanding by a short timeline.
A Stunning SuccessJohnson Controls completed the task in a remarkable seven months. The heart of the improvements lies with the implementation of the building automation system known as Metasys, which, among other features, integrates the fire alarm, sprinkler, lighting and door control systems.
Johnson Controls also saw to the overall comfort of users of the Cologne facility. To that end, 32 large ventilation units were installed in the new North Halls to provide a comfortable climate (no small doing, what with heights as large as 15 meters). In addition, eight ventilation systems were installed for the convention boulevard, eight more for the North Conference Center and 33 more for the outbuildings.
Rounding out the improvements, a cooling system comprising five chillers was also installed. This augmented an increase in the capacity of the existing heating system in the east energy provision center.
But it’s not just a matter of comfort for convention attendees. Security is an equally important consideration behind the overall project. For instance, thanks to the installation of additional data points, if an alarm sounds in a particular part of the complex, video monitoring and lighting controls are automatically activated. That allows security personnel to quickly determine if a security breach or merely a technical malfunction has occurred.
Johnson Controls is able to bring this type of overhaul to buildings around the world.