Sandhu Conference Center is home to Randall Dining Commons (RDC), the main residence life eatery. This chapter looked at the commercial kitchen’s mechanical and operational inefficiencies in the categories of gas, electricity, and water usage. By following the recommendations and suggestions offered in this chapter, Chapman University would demonstrate its commitment to the sustainability policy as well as benefit economically. Through analysis of RDC, a multitude of changes can be done to create a more environmentally sustainable building and reduce operational costs.
One key recommendation is for Chapman to utilize commercial service technicians to conduct maintenance repairs, upgrades, and retrofits, on all commercial appliances to ensure they are performing optimally and efficiently. Findings suggest excess consumption of resources is due to negligent operations behavior and mechanical inefficiencies of appliances. Another major recommendation is to conduct a lifecycle cost analysis through the fishnick website calculator for return on investment and simple payback calculations of more efficient appliances. Read additional recommendations for making RDC more efficient and reducing its utility costs in Chapter 8 of the audit, written by Devon Bloss and Alexandra Sidun.