Pinecrest Medical Care Facility
Pinecrest is located in Powers, Michigan, in northern Menominee County in the south central part of the Upper Peninsula. The facility offers medical care, Alzheimer’s care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and can house up to 160 residents. There are 170,000 square feet in four buildings that are both heated and cooled using a low-pressure steam district energy (DE) system fueled primarily by wood chips. Cooling is provided by a Trane absorption chiller, which runs water at 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The system also provides domestic hot water, high-temperature hot water (e.g. dishwashing), and hot water for the laundry. There are two natural gas backup boilers. Pinecrest also has a 10 kw solar panel array connected to the grid that was funded by the Michigan Energy Office.