“The only way a project of this magnitude [$5.9M] and scope could be effectively completed in the tight time-frame desired is by having an exceptional management…which Energy Solutions Professionals has. Their management team demonstrated a commitment to excellence and integrity, which kept the project on-track and actually under budget, which made it possible to obtain additional scope that positively impacted our district; and more importantly, our students.”
The Liberty Public School district is located just northeast of Kansas City, and serves more than 11,800 students in preschool through 12th grade. The district has seen rapid growth over the past 12 years; so much, in fact, that it has become the 2nd fastest growing school district in the state. The project encompassed 17 buildings; including one high school, two junior high schools, two middle schools, nine elementary schools, a preschool/administration building, an alternative learning academy, and an educational resource center.
ESP conducted an investment grade energy audit that identified numerous energy-saving opportunities, especially a large number of heating and cooling systems that needed replacement. With limited funds for maintenance, the district tasked ESP to develop solutions that could be paid for from energy savings.
The resulting project was a comprehensive district-wide energy-saving performance contract. Numerous improvements were made throughout the district, including: new lighting, water saving measures, expansion of the energy management systems, vending machine controls, occupancy based controls to turn off lights in unoccupied spaces, several boiler replacements, chiller and condensing unit replacements, rooftop unit replacements, conversion of constant volume multi-zone systems to variable air volume systems, retro-commissioning to identify systems not operating per original design intent, and new windows.
Students and teachers enjoy the improved lighting, space comfort, and air quality in the classrooms, which support effective learning. Additionally, the project was designed and implemented in a tight nine month time frame. Because of the effectiveness of the implementation the project was completed under budget, allowing the district to secure $165,000 in additional work within the original project budget.
Total Square Feet
Number of Buildings
Total Project Cost
Carbon Footprint Reduction
13,104,625 lbs. CO2e
Equivalent to annual electric use of 818 homes.