The annual John Deere Classic golf tournament is held at TPC Deere Run in Illinois near the Davenport, Iowa, border. According to D.A. Weibring, PGA TOUR course designer and three-time champion of the Quad Cities tournament, the course was built to resemble an old-style, traditional golf course. It features tree-lined fairways, several dramatic elevation changes, and breathtaking views of the Rock River.
Distinction was also a requirement for the requisite clubhouse. Building management wanted to make sure that the heating and air conditioning was well-regulated and easily controlled. They turned to KMC Controls and Northwest Mechanical to provide a flexible system to monitor the building’s HVAC from a common front end.
The system has integrated hot water boilers, a domestic water heater/boiler, two Trane Voyager 25-ton RTU’s, seven VAV’s with reheat, and multiple exhaust fans. Several KMC programmable controllers ensure proper management of these devices. Various points, spread throughout the building, send information back to the central workstation for monitoring and review.
“KMC products help us monitor and control the HVAC to keep our staff and golfers comfortable,” said Mark Saelens, systems manager of the building. “I have found that monitoring the HVAC from one spot prevents some people from being too cold while others are too warm. The system is set to keep everyone comfortable, and it adjusts to maintain a constant temperature throughout the day, even when the sun is beating down on the building midday.”
Management has full access to system history, trend logging, current events, and alarms from the central computer. Rather than having one set point for the entire building, the KMC program adjusts the VAVs individually to provide the necessary airflow to keep the temperature consistent in each area of the building. This feature provides energy savings and keeps customers and staff comfortable.
“The atmosphere at the TPC golf course is amazing, and we were glad to help install a KMC environmental control system to meet the comfort requirements.,” said Leland Zenk, President of Northwest Mechanical. “System integration and dependability were important to management, and that is what KMC has provided—an integrated, dependable control solution.”