Boca West Country Club is one of the largest privately owned clubs in the nation, offering its members luxury amenities such as four championship golf courses, full spa services, and a clubhouse. To better meet the needs of its members, Boca West enlisted TLC to design a two-story expansion to its clubhouse, adding more than 147,000 square feet to the original 46,000-square-foot building. This expansion includes golf, activities and dining components, such as a steakhouse, sports bar, golf pro shop, and three-story parking garage.
Boca West also selected TLC to design its new chiller plant equipped with an energy-saving thermal energy storage (TES) system that provides cooling for the common buildings on its 1,400-acre property.
During off-peak hours at night, the plant uses three 300-ton centrifugal chillers to produce ice that is stored in 45 ice tanks. This stored ice is then thawed and used to supply chilled water to the buildings during peak demand, generally between 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The plant can also simultaneously produce ice and use the chillers to meet cooling load demands.
By shifting the cooling load from more expensive peak hours to low-cost night periods, Boca West is saving an average of up to $75,000 annually in electricity costs based on current utility rates. Boca West also received a substantial $278,000 incentive from its utility provider. Between the utility incentive and projected energy annual savings, Boca West anticipates a six-year payback for its new plant.
The plant has been operating since 2016, achieving significant energy savings and higher operating efficiency than a conventional chiller plant.