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New Energy Management Projects

The Facilities Department is continuing their efforts to go green and sustainable with projects to reinvigorate existing older schools and to save tax-payer dollars on energy costs. As the school system strives towards energy efficiency, projects are getting underway that have been identified through the Comprehensive Facilities Plan that will aid in this initiative.

Several schools have already had Direct Digital Control systems installed and we are completing two re-lighting projects. The relighting projects are at Sun Valley Middle School and Parkwood Middle School and are funded by a Department of Energy grant through Union County. We are also planning a re-lighting project at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts funded by local capital dollars.

Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts was originally built in 1922 and has had several additions and renovations since that time. The current boiler and chiller at the school are due for replacement as well as the controls system. A DDC system was selected over out-dated pneumatic controls for energy management purposes. A variable volume pumping system will also be installed for greater energy efficiency.

Bids were received on January 18, 2011 for this project and the construction contract was awarded by the Board of Education to Steele’s Heating and Air on February 1, 2011.

Also in the planning stages for Benton Heights is a window replacement project for the two-story classroom wing. The old-fashioned, single pane windows will be replaced with double pane insulated windows. Bids for this project will be received on February 17, 2011.

Written by: Lauren Outen, Facilities Secretary & Don Hughes, Executive Director of Facilities
Posted: Feb 03, 2011 by Ms. Lauren Outen

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