The school administration was distracted by increasing energy costs.
Both students and the administration are starting to benefit from a facility modernization project using the “Performance Agreement for Comfort from Trane” (PACT) program from The Trane Company.
The $2.6 million project is being funded using $322,000 in annual savings resulting from building improvements.
“The program has impacted our district by improving the classroom comfort levels, especially in the fall. More learning can be attributed to the improvements made by PACT,” said Gene Cosby, Widefield Schools superintendent.
Furthermore, no matter how efficiently schools are run, there is always pressure to be even more cost-effective.
Many of Widefield Schools’ 18 buildings were in need of capital funds to make infrastructure im-provements and building additions.
“Funding for aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance has become increasingly tight,” remarked Dave Overlin, director of building and grounds. “We needed a program that could provide facility improvements without capital funding.”
Trane had recently completed a large Integrated Comfort™ system installation at the local high school when it learned of the district’s situation. Company reps evaluated potential cost savings and facility improvement strategies, and soon presented a comprehensive program that met the district’s schedule.
Overlin commented that “We always felt a part of the team, [with] more control over the outcome.”
The aggressive project schedule allowed seven months for completion. Close communication with the district was critical to ensure classrooms weren’t disrupted and seasonal systems were available.
The Martin Luther King project and the lighting upgrades were finished “without any classroom distraction,” said Overlin. The remainder of the work was completed behind the scenes, without disruption to the learning environments.
The program is administered through a performance management agreement. Service, monitoring, and training are provided to maintain the installed systems’ operating efficiencies. The risk management aspect of the program ensures Widefield Schools of long-term project performance.