Fort Lewis extends contract with US2, expecting to save Base approximately $600,000 per year

July 17, 2014

Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2) has been awarded a service agreement by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in support of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma, Washington, for real-time, wireless steam-trap monitoring service. This is Phase III of a previously awarded contract and includes a three-year service agreement extension to January 31, 2017. The modification of the contract is a firm-fixed price of $460,000, costing just over $150k per year, and the total contract value increased to $3,344,530.

With US2's steam-trap monitoring system, Phase III is expected save Joint Base Lewis McChord approximately $600,000 per year by reducing steam loss from over $760,000 per year, to under $7,000 per year, a 99% decrease.

These savings will be accomplished by US2's proprietary steam monitoring system transmitters, which alert the US2 steam operations team when a particular trap on a unit in a designated building has failed. US2's team then responds to the alarm within 10 business days, diagnoses the failure, and resolves the issue as appropriate to clear the alarm. This is a first of its kind Service Agreement and it has proven to dramatically reduce steam energy loss.

At the end of each month, a steam monitoring system performance report is presented to JBLM and BPA staff to discuss any issues. The report includes trap number, location, alarm date, service date, and description of failure and resolution, which permits thorough discussion of problems or concerns.

David Shutler, CEO of Utility Systems Solutions, and a recognized subject matter expert in steam-monitoring systems, said, "US2 is proud to be involved in saving the government millions of dollars in energy improvements at various military bases and VA facilities all over the country with steam trap monitoring.' Shutler is a retired Air Force officer with 25 years of Federal service.

About Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department's premiere military installation on the West Coast. Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles.

JBLM was formally established as one of 12 joint bases worldwide on Oct. 1, 2010. The merger of the former Fort Lewis (est. 1917) and McChord Air Force Base (est. 1947) was directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord provides state-of-the-art training and infrastructure, responsive quality of life programs, and fully capable mobilization and deployment operations for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Manage resources efficiently and equitably to support mission readiness and execution, and the well being of service members, families, and civilians. Sustain and protect the environment as a fully-integrated community partner in the lower Puget Sound, with a highly-trained and motivated workforce.


  • Provide world-class support to mission commanders and the joint base community
  • Serve as an enabler to our warfighters as they train and project America's combat power
  • Make JBLM the station of choice for our nation's warfighter

About Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2)

US2 is a verified SDVOSB on VetBiz.gov, an SBA certified 8(a) Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and a DOE certified Energy Savings Company (ESCO). US2 has nine years of experience with an extensive track record in Federal construction work including over 171 projects. Representative projects include a $2.7M Boiler Replacement Project at Houston VA, a $1.4 Removable Insulation Cover (RIC) installation project at Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 in Tuscaloosa, and a $1.2M Electrical Cable Replacement at Northport VA. US2 has been awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (lDIQ) construction contracts at nine VA facilities. US2 is now an SBA small business Protégé of Schneider Electric based in LaVerge, TN.

US2 has $20 million aggregate bonding capacity and full surety coverage in place. The firm is qualified to perform construction work with competitive awards of several GSA Schedules including GSA Schedule 56, contract GS-07F-0121T under SIN No. 563-29 for 'Buildings and Building Materials,' GSA Schedule 03 FAC, contract GS-21F-0159X, under SIN No. 871 205 for 'Energy Audit Services;' and GSA Schedule 84 contract GS 07F-0508X under SIN No. 246 52 'Professional Facility Management Services.' US2 also carries over 10,000 SKUs on GSA Schedule 51V 'Hardware Superstore' on contract GS 21F-0051Y.

The US2 team is well qualified with a long track record of reliable construction service. It offers an ideal combination of experience, management and innovation to tackle on site challenges. It was awarded the SBA Region VI Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award for 2014 as the top performer among some 3.3 million small businesses in the 6 state region around Texas.

For more information:

Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2)

Dave Shutler
Tel: 214-302-8187

Katie Troy
Marketing Specialist
Tel: 214-504-2975

Link http://www.electricenergyonline.com/detail_news.php?ID=490034
Most consulted news
Click here to try the new version of Electric Energy Online!