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Belle Plaine School District

Belle Plaine, KS

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Background

The Belle Plaine School District is committed to providing quality schools and maintaining a partnership with the greater community in order to prepare each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing participant in a changing world community. Located 26 miles south of Wichita, the district’s three schools serve approximately 670 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Challenge

District administrators were looking to become as operationally efficient as possible while also pursuing a potential bond issue for new construction. Aging roof-top units providing heating and cooling needed to be replaced regardless of whether the bond passed, and most units were controlled by individual thermostats, making maintenance, operations and scheduling management a headache. 

Solution

After a competitive proposal process, the district selected Energy Solutions Professionals to perform a comprehensive ASHRAE Level 3 energy audit and provide the district with a plan to save energy and operating costs. ESP’s solution created a stand-alone project that didn’t require public tax dollars because it paid for itself from energy savings. Among the upgrades were more efficient lighting and lighting controls, plumbing fixtures that use less water, enhancements to computerized building controls, new heating and cooling units, and web-based programmable thermostats.

Benefits

Belle Plaine has adopted an energy-saving culture throughout the district, with all personnel receiving training in ways to conserve energy in their daily activities. Staff and administrators monitor heating and cooling conditions from their mobile devices, while improved lighting and comfort control aids students in their daily learning. Belle Plaine expects to save over $69,000 annually from the energy-efficient improvements. 

Project Snapshot

Belle Plaine USD 357
719 N. Main
Belle Plaine , KS
67013

Completion Date
2014

Total Square Feet
184,000

Number of Buildings
3 schools and various district buildings

Total Project Cost
$584,000

Annual Savings
$69,000

Utility Savings
29%

Carbon Footprint Reduction
1,290,000 lbs. CO2e

Environmental Impact
Equivalent to removing 122 cars from the road annually

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Tim O’Kane