(Left-right) Danny Seymour, construction manager; Mike Eckard, project manager, (both from ConEdison Solutions); and Steve Adams, Piper School District superintendent; say new occupancy sensors help cut down on unnecessary lighting costs and the new T5 lamps improve learning conditions in classrooms.
When the district's superintendent, Steve Adams, came to Piper in 2007, the school's A/C equipment was 17-18 years old, and many of the buildings needed energy upgrades and other structural improvements.
was able to win a smaller, $30 million bond issue for building improvements but needed to stretch those dollars even further.
A conversation about performance contracting with the district's construction manager eventually led him to ConEdison Solutions
(then Custom Energy Solutions) and they developed a plan to fund the project through an energy savings performance contract, where the school district would receive energy infrastructure improvements with a relatively low up-front cost.
Under an ESPC, an ESCO
such as ConEdison Solutions guarantees future energy savings to be generated by the improvements, which enables school districts to fund the costs of the improvements based on the savings.
, "We have done well over $7 million of improvements.
Because of all the cost savings from the facility retrofit, Piper Schools Superintendent Steve Adams was able to convince the school board to install an all-weather football field and track to replace a much older field.
Another interesting element of the Piper School District
job is that because of all the cost savings from the facility retrofit, Adams
was able to convince the school board to install an all-weather football field and track to replace a much older field.
An added bonus - when Piper's teams are not using the field, the school district rents it out to local soccer and football teams and a women's professional football team.
"That football field is a gem," says Adams
The first year I was here there wasn't a week went by that there was not a big A/C issue," adds Adams
"I can't count more than five issues all year with the new system."
Ekard says a big part of selling a school board and other buying influences on an energy savings performance contract is convincing them that the guarantees for energy savings that come with each contract are a collaborative venture, and that ConEdison Solutions
is there to back them up and fulfill their financial obligation if a project doesn't perform as specified.
Adams says that on the Piper project it helped that a school board member at the time was in the construction business and understood how the contract worked.
It can take others some time to wrap their minds around ESPCs, he
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may have another big construction project on his
hands soon if his
plans for a new high school win community support.