Shikellamy Schools maximized the use of its operating budget using the Performance Agreement for Comfort from Trane (PACT™) program to provide needed building improvements that will deliver a comfortable learning environment. The $735,000 project is being funded using savings generated by building improvements.
“The team of personnel from Trane provided the best service available. I am confident the district will continue to do business with them for many years to come,” commented Dan Saxton, director of facilities for the school district.
UNCOMFORTABLE CLASSROOMSShikellamy Schools is located in central Pennsylvania and serves a community of over 24,000. Much of the equipment serving the district’s buildings was old, inefficient, and badly in need of updating. The state of disrepair even reached a point where comfort was a major distraction in the classrooms at C. W. Rice School and Sunbury Middle School. The district was looking for a way to address these infrastructure and comfort problems without tapping additional capital funding.
“All schools are faced with budget difficulties, especially in the area of facilities maintenance. Our middle school needed boilers replaced. They were nearly 50 years old and were leaking. Complete replacement was cut from the budget for several years in favor of making enough repairs to just get through another year,” noted Saxton.
The district decided to use a performance contracting approach to help them solve their infrastructure problems. The Trane Company, La Crosse, WI, was selected to develop a project based on its experience, building expertise, and excellent service history with the district.
MORE RELIABLE HEATINGTrane assembled a team of experts to determine what was needed to provide improved classroom comfort. After listening to the district's requirements, Trane developed a PACT solution that addressed the comfort complaints and generated enough savings to fund the cost of the building improvements.
The comprehensive plan included addressing the building’s heating systems and installing modular boilers to deliver more efficient and reliable heat to the facility. Repairs were made to the existing temperature control system as a cost-effective means to improve the environment.
A Trane Tracer Summit™ building automation system was installed to monitor and control the comfort systems in the schools. As a central point of information, the building automation system gives the buildings and grounds personnel a more efficient means with which to manage the district’s facilities. A lighting retrofit was also completed to improve classroom light levels and create additional energy savings.