ABM Helps University Go Green and Save Over $35.8 Million
ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions Program Reduces Wright State
University's Energy Consumption by Nearly 40 Percent
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(NYSE:ABM), a leading provider of facility solutions, announced its
ABM Building Solutions service line has been selected by Wright State
University to complete a campus-wide energy conservation project through
ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions (BES) program to lower the university's
energy consumption by nearly 40 percent. The project, which began
earlier this month, includes major enhancements to Wright State's
heating and cooling equipment, replacing light fixtures with cost
effective LED lighting, and utilizing the university's pond for
geothermal cooling. Over the next 15 years, these enhancements are
expected to save Wright State $35.8 million.
ABM's BES program is designed as a financial solution to meet clients'
technical facility needs. ABM's goal is to drive costs out of a client's
operating budget to allow savings to be reallocated to fund other
"This is our second energy project with ABM and it will enable the
university to continue to concentrate on current and future maintenance
needs, while taking another huge step forward in our energy
stewardship," said Mark M. Polatajko, Vice President of Business and
Fiscal Affairs at Wright State University. "This is a game-changer for
us in terms of sustainability."
The energy efficiency upgrades span the university's 557-acre campus,
including 25 academic buildings, 26 student residential buildings, and a
world-class entertainment and athletics venue — the Wright State
University Nutter Center. Principal upgrades include: eliminating 30
pieces of equipment into one consolidated boiler and chiller system,
considerably reducing maintenance costs; retrofitting exterior lights
with LED and Induction lighting, cutting lighting energy consumption
nearly in half; and installing pressure independent control valves,
dramatically reducing energy costs and HVAC performance issues.
Additionally, Wright State asked ABM to advise a solution that would add
affordable cooling to the Nutter Center throughout the year. After
exploring several options, ABM determined it could use a pond near the
Nutter Center as a geothermal cooling system. By adding a heat exchanger
in the pond that is equivalent to a 300-ton chiller, the center will
have free cooling all winter or until outside air temperatures reach
about 80 degrees.
"This project is very comprehensive and serves as a tremendous example
of the success we've seen with our BES program," said Greg Hahn, General
Manager of ABM Building Solutions, Dayton. "It incorporates the
innovative application of new and established energy saving technologies
that will forever change the way the campus operates, while also
guaranteeing savings that can be reallocated towards the school's
critical capital improvements. This is truly a win-win for Wright State."
ABM first partnered with Wright State University in 2009 to complete its
first energy conservation project, which reduced energy use by over 20%
and provided the university with more than $1.3 million in annual energy
savings. The project was completed in March 2011. As a result of these
savings, Wright State was awarded $118,000 in Demand-Side Management
(DSM) rebates by Dayton Power and Light, and was eager to begin
exploring additional campus-wide energy improvements.
"ABM is proud to continue our partnership with Wright State University,"
said Scott Giacobbe, President of ABM Building & Energy Solutions. "In
support of the university's goals and objectives, we are able to provide
a comprehensive energy efficiency improvement program with guaranteed
savings. Wright State University can now be assured that their
facilities are more efficient, comfortable, and sustainable."
ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues
exceeding $4 billion and 100,000 employees in over 350 offices deployed
throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM's
comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial
cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and
security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM
provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to
properties of all sizes — from schools and hospitals to the largest and
most complex facilities, such as manufacturing plants and major
airports. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its
subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com.
Chas Strong, 770-953-5072
David Farwell, 212-297-9792
Source: ABM Industries
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