By Cameron Chai
Asbury Place, a company managing health care centers and a group of non-profit retirement communities, is going to use geothermal energy for its new apartment complex.
The new residential complex for retirement community in Blount County will obtain geothermal energy for one half of its cottage duplex. A system of underwater pipes has been installed under the campus lake, St. Clair Lake. Water temperature is capitalized to offer heating during winter and water is utilized as a heat sink to provide cooling during summer.
The Vice President for Business Development in Asbury, Bernie Bowman stated that renewable energy offers several advantages to the community. The company uses eco-friendly heating and cooling system for one half of the residential complex and traditional heating and cooling system to another half. This will offer precise comparisons on utility savings.
The duplex apartment is under construction alongside with the St. Clair Apartment homes complex, which is a $12 million project with 36 units and slated for completion in August 2012. The 1,620-square-foot duplex includes a den and two bedrooms while the St. Clair Apartment homes complex includes one-, two- and two-bedroom-with-den floor plans. Further, the Asbury Place Maryville campus has already concluded the construction of a new clubhouse, which includes a bistro and a wellness center.
Asbury was established in 1956 and manages health care centers and a group of non-profit retirement communities at Johnson City, Tennessee and Maryville, Kingsport.