Energy upgrades planned for 12 Edmonds School District sites

Twelve schools in the Edmonds School District will benefit from $798,000 in state funding for energy efficiency improvements. The district was one of 21 statewide that were collectively awarded $14.9 million for school facility efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced.

The District’s Capital Projects Office is recommending Lighting and Boiler/HVAC upgrade projects for 12 sites that have an estimated total project cost of approximately $2.8 million, the district said.

The lighting upgrade portion of this project would replace approximately 3,900 obsolete and energy inefficient fixtures, principally T-12 fluorescents and metal halides, at up to nine schools, including the following: Alderwood Elementary, Beverly Elementary, Brier Elementary, Brier Terrace Middle School, College Place Middle School, Former Woodway High School, Martha Lake Elementary, Mountlake Terrace High School, and Spruce Elementary.

The Boiler/HVAC portion of the grant would include the following items:
-Replace the original boiler, recirculation pumps and digital interfaces for air handling units at Westgate Elementary;
-Provide a new heat source for the Maplewood Center therapy pool, which currently uses the main building boiler;
-Replace digital interfaces for zone-level air control units (aka VAV boxes) at Meadowdale High School.

These lighting and boiler/HVAC upgrades are projected to reduce the District’s annual utility expenditures for gas and electricity by approximately $100,000 per year.

In all, 28 school districts applied for grant funding for school infrastructure and building system improvements. To qualify for the funds, school districts had to conduct an investment-grade audit of their school facilities to identify projects that would yield energy savings and be most beneficial overall.

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