After nearly ten years, a plan was finally approved and funding was secured for the renovation Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. The plan included the construction of a new wing and the complete renovation of the two existing buildings and a complete redo of their steam-based heating system using dry wood chips as the main fuel.
Construction of the new wing started in the Fall of 2018 and the old oil-fired steam boiler had to last just one more winter—eating up over 100,000 gallons of #2 fuel oil as it had for decades.
In the summer of 2019 Froling Energy crews got busy: the old oil boiler and lots of steam equipment were removed from the old boiler room. Then two new LP boilers were set into place and hooked up to provide hot water through the summer.
By the Fall, a new dry wood chip boiler and silo system was fully operational to provide space heating and hot water to the two existing, active wings of the building.
After Christmas 2019, when the new four story wing was completed and ready for occupancy, residents from one of the old buildings were moved in.
The new building was a wonderful change for residents with a whole new approach to nursing home design. Once everything was moved out, renovations to the now empty building were begun with Froling Energy crews installing new heat distribution pipes and replacing all of the heating/cooling unit heaters.
When this building is completely renovated, all residents in the other old building will be moved here and that final existing building will be gutted and renovated as well.
Project Architect: Banwell Architects
General Contractor: DEW Construction
Mechanical Contractor: Energy Efficient Investments