“The most beneficial aspect of using ESP as a building and HOA Board was the tangible savings that we recognized in real dollars. ESP helped secure third-party financing to cover the cost of all the projects, and guaranteed that the savings would cover the cost to repay the financing. This enabled us to secure these critical facility improvements without having to require a special assessment or increase fees. With the energy savings that we realized, we were able to pay for both the projects performed by ESP, and for a new roof with the surplus savings. All in all, we saved about 35% off of our entire energy bill, and ESP helped us secure substantial utility rebates for our new high efficiency systems.”
Metropolitan Condominiums is a downtown Kansas City high-rise encompassing 176,000 square feet, that is managed by Signature Property Management. Developed in a style inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building has 218 units, several commercial spaces, and three parking levels, with two being covered parking. In addition to the living space, Metropolitan Condos offers the urban resident a lounge, fitness center, pool, spa, laundry facilities as well as many other amenities.
ESP was engaged by Signature Property Management and the Metropolitan Condominiums HOA when they were faced with the likelihood of increasing fees or implementing a special assessment in order to pay for an aging chiller that needed to be replaced. Replacing the chiller was, without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of the project since the removal of the old chiller and installation of the new one happened through a window 14 stories above street level.
After a detailed energy audit, ESP presented Metropolitan Condos with an energy-saving project that would not only pay for the new chiller from utility savings, but also allow for several other improvements to be made; including new lighting in common areas, low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the building, improved controls for the chiller and boilers, a variable frequency drive on the cooling tower fan, and retro-commissioning of a make-up air unit.
ESP also conducted on-site energy conservation training for staff and residents, and provided customized energy-saving tips and recommendations that will allow occupants to reduce their energy usage even further.
As a result of the project, residents report being more comfortable than ever before, and savings have exceeded all expectations. Metropolitan Condos was able to use the excess savings to make additional improvements to their building.
Total Square Feet
Number of Buildings
1 (218 living units)
Total Project Cost
Carbon Footprint Reduction
520,291 lbs. CO2e
Equivalent to the annual emissions from 49 cars
Featured in KMBZ’s Companies on the Move series, this Overland Park based Energy Services company identifies energy savings improvements and critical infrastructure improvements. It then works with its clients to pay for improvements over time from the energy savings.Read More