by Nick Aseltine, exterior services manager, Jones Lang Lasalle at Beaumont Health System
For the second year in a row, Beaumont was recognized as a “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Company” for leading green initiatives and exhibiting excellence in environmental responsibility. One of those green initiatives was Jones Lang Lasalle at Beaumont partnering with Rain Bird and Michigan Automatic Sprinklers to introduce a new computerized irrigation system to the Beaumont, Royal Oak campus.
This new computer system will allow for best practices regarding managing irrigation run off and cost and will promote an initiative consistent with our green goals.The new computer system will be linked to a weather sensor located on the roof of the Landscape building that will relay real-time weather data to a main computer controlling all of the irrigation clocks on campus. The provided weather data will then be used to adjust watering cycles automatically at each irrigation clock on campus, allowing for improved use of resources while reducing man hours spent adjusting individual zones.
There are currently 19 irrigation clocks controlling more than 250 irrigation zones on the Royal Oak campus that will now greatly benefit from this new system.In addition, water flow sensors will be installed at each of the 19 clocks on the Royal Oak campus and will relay water flow data back to the main computer. The data collected from these flow sensors will then be compared to established flow rates within the computer system and will allow users to see fluctuations in water usage. The system will also automatically recognize when water flow fluctuations are severe and will automatically turn off individual zones that are not performing properly until repairs can be made. This function will drastically reduce water waste and pooling when a particular irrigation zone is functioning improperly.
It is also worth mentioning that our Plumbing Shop has implemented exterior rainwater collection barrels that can store up to 500 gallons of water at a given time. Those 500 gallons of collected water are then used by Brickman Landscape to irrigate the 157 flower pots on the Royal Oak campus.