Mechanicals by the numbers

BACKSTAGE PASS
 

The mechanicals room is the pulsing heart of the Stowers Institute. From there—mostly unseen and taken for granted—hundreds of miles of pipes and wires reach out into every corner of building delivering hot steam and cool air, water and electricity to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. Tending to the buildings’ central life support and all other physical aspects of the building and the grounds surrounding it are eleven maintenance specialists, two carpenters, two painters, three grounds keepers, two supervisors and one administrative assistant.
 

Mechanicals by the numbers
 

145,000
average number of gallons of water used each day

56,500
average kilowatts used per day

18,000
gallons of diesel fuel stored for emergencies

>5000
maintenance and service requests fulfilled each year

780
number of air filters changed each year

196
number of different light bulbs models used at the institute

48
tons of salt used each year to soften water

6
number of boilers

5
number of chillers producing enough refrigeration to cool
about 1200 average size homes

3
number of backup generators