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How Can Your Facilities Reduce Your Operating Costs?


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Colorado school districts need to find ways to continue supporting education as budgets are reduced. Learn how the Alamosa School District freed up dollars through the following creative strategies:
•Master Planning
•Collaboration with Utility Providers
•Campus Consolidation and Staffing Efficiencies
•Energy Options
•Maintenance Strategies

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How Can Your Facilities Reduce Your Operating Costs?

  1. 1. How Can Your Facilities Reduce Your Operational Costs? Bill Van Gieson and Charlie Jackson | Alamosa School District Mike Daley and Fred Roberts | The Neenan Company
  2. 2. <ul><li>District Wide Master Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Consolidation and Staffing Efficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Utility Providers and </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maintenance Strategies </li></ul>
  3. 3. Alamosa Map
  4. 4. Public Input (with impacts on costs) <ul><li>Not too big (over 600 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Save both district and parent transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Improve staff utilization </li></ul><ul><li>Use the sun </li></ul><ul><li>Save operation costs </li></ul>
  5. 5. One Site with Connected “Pods”
  6. 6. One Site with Two Schools
  7. 7. Two Sites for Two Schools
  8. 8. Site Plan
  9. 9. New Remodel/Existing <ul><li>Staff sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer bus drops 5>3 </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>4-day school week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consolidation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase faculty utilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Learning <ul><li>Recissions required staff reduction earlier than planned, but done with new school savings in mind </li></ul><ul><li>Site selected didn’t allow transportation savings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Due to railroad and highways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More students to bus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at 2-tier bussing (MS/HS and ES) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Impacts offsite need to be pushed forward and in writing </li></ul>
  11. 11. Alamosa’s New School Campus
  12. 12. Collaborating with Outside Partners <ul><li>Governors Energy Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants and Incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tax Incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Utility Incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Xcel Energy Programs </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Wray School District Wind Turbine <ul><li>The District was spending approximately $80,000 a year on electricity </li></ul><ul><li>They were challenged to find new ways to create additional revenue streams for the district </li></ul><ul><li>They thought a wind turbine would be a perfect way to decrease spending and provide educational opportunities for students </li></ul><ul><li>On the eastern edge of Colorado, the average wind speed at the site is estimated to be 18 mph, and the turbine is expected to produce about 2,700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year </li></ul><ul><li>Through a combination of Energy Impact Grant, local pledges and pre-selling of renewable energy credits (RECs) they were able to finance the project </li></ul>
  14. 14. Xcel Energy Programs <ul><li>Energy Design Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Xcel Energy business customer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project size greater than 50,000 SF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project status before or during “schematic design phase” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will to consider design options to save energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to achieve minimum of 5% demand savings for “Basic” program and 16% savings for “Enhanced” program </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Xcel Energy Programs <ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free energy modeling (~$30,000 Value) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cash rebates of $300 per kW and $7 per decatherm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design fee reimbursement up to $12,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Enhanced” program includes additional modeling such as daylighting and free calculation for LEED Energy and Atmosphere credit one </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Xcel Energy Programs <ul><li>Energy Efficient Buildings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescriptive approach to achieve rebates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For new construction, major renovations and additions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project size smaller than 50,000 SF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On site verification to review installed strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebate amounts vary according to equipment purchased and installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-prescriptive measures are up to $400 per kW and $7 per decatherm </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Xcel Rebate Example at Sargent <ul><li>Owner selected several energy conservation strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Projected energy cost savings of over $72,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Xcel is providing a cash incentive of approximately $42,000 which will result in a simple payback of 9.4 years </li></ul>
  18. 18. Comparison of energy costs of Alamosa existing schools to the new schools <ul><li>Boyd Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas $32,200 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Polston Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas $27,028 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evans Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas $34,362 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alamosa K-2 Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas $34,424 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alamosa 3-5 Elementary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas $34,424 </li></ul></ul>Total Building Area 99,095 SF $0.94 / SF 31 % Larger 26 % Savings <ul><ul><li>Grand Total $ 68,848 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grand Total $ 93,590 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Existing Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two New Schools </li></ul></ul>Total Building Area 144,000 SF $0.48 / SF
  19. 19. Energy Modeling <ul><ul><li>This allowed us to test the economics of various energy efficiency strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created energy model of the existing Alamosa Middle School </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Energy Modeling <ul><li>Evaluate replacing the existing light fixtures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replacing the antiquated fixtures with newer technology saved 83% in electrical energy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>However, reducing the heat generated by the lights increased the building heating costs by 30% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s critical to look at the big picture – all the inter-related building systems </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Xcel Rebate Example <ul><li>Replace existing light fixtures – middle school example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More efficient models will result in a reduction of electrical demand in the amount of 237.6 kW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xcel offers an incentive for reducing lighting demand ~$400 per kW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This example is a rebate of ~$95,000 which would finance more than 50% of the replacement costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additionally the District would save 768,000 kWh of electrical charges per year </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Energy Modeling <ul><li>Evaluate upgrading the roof insulation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R-4 roof insulation to R-30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy savings on 3.5% </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Alamosa’s New School Campus
  24. 24. Alamosa’s New School Campus