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The department also took the opportunity created by damage from the arc-flash explosion to incorporate lean maintenance principles into the central energy plant's design.
"Lean maintenance is about operating at the highest possible level of efficiency and eliminating waste from all activities associated with the services provided," McKelvey says. "This includes activities that waste material and, just as important, activities that waste time. We wanted to ensure that all equipment installed had the lowest possible life-cycle-maintenance cost."
McKelvey points to these processes incorporated into the renovation that aimed to minimize the labor required to operate and maintain the plant:
Renovation Results in Leaner Maintenance Principles at University of Alabama