McKinstry Completes Energy Savings Project with Douglas County School District

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Posted 9/19/13

McKinstry and Douglas County School District (DCSD) today announced a series of facility improvements to Douglas County High School that are expected to reduce the district’s energy and operational costs by $378,620 a year.

(Castle Rock, Colo.) – September 19, 2013McKinstry and Douglas County School District (DCSD) today announced a series of facility improvements to Douglas County High School that are expected to reduce the district’s energy and operational costs by $378,620 a year.

In 2012, McKinstry, a nationally recognized construction, energy and facility services firm, surveyed the DouglasCountyHigh School campus for utility savings measures and capital improvement projects. Construction began in May 2013 and was completed in August 2013. It included new heating and cooling systems, upgraded lighting, building controls, a new roof and water conservation measures.

As a result of the program, energy consumption at the high school will be reduced by 58 percent at the north building, 46 percent at the south building and 39 percent at the stadium.

“We’re focused on improving the educational environment of students, staff and teachers. The changes the district has made will also significantly reduce their annual utility costs,” said Leslie Larocque, business development director for McKinstry’s Rocky Mountain Region.

Eleven additional schools in DCSD – seven elementary, three middle and one high school – are included in McKinstry’s powerED program to generate additional energy savings. powerED is a behavior-focused energy awareness and operational efficiency program that engages building occupants in reducing costs, increasing efficiency and promoting environmentally friendly operations. powerED will build off of DCSD’s successful student-led energy management program by helping to ensure buildings are operated efficiently. This will result in increased comfort and reduced operating costs on an ongoing basis. The program will begin this fall and will continue through 2015.

DCSD joins two other Colorado school districts, Montezuma-CortezSD and Montrose & OlatheSchools, in implementing powerED. McKinstry’s powerED program has been implemented in school districts in Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin.

“Our work with McKinstry is a continuation of our commitment to sustainability,” said Lee Smit, sustainability manager for DCSD. “Our students and staff will notice the facility improvements when they come back to school this fall, and we’re excited to generate even more energy savings with the powerED program,” he said.

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,800 professional staff and trades people throughout the U.S. and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”