For Immediate Release
August 26, 2011

Energy Conservation Program participants approved

August 26, 2011 (COLUMBUS) Six Ohio school districts will be participating in a program designed to produce significant energy conservation savings.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) gave its approval at its August 25, 2011 meeting to projects in the Brecksville Broadview Heights City (Cuyahoga County), Crestview Local (Columbiana County), Madison Local (Lake County), Marion City (Marion County), Northwestern Local (Clark County), and Salem City (Columbiana County) school districts. The projects will be completed under the Commission’s Energy Conservation program, more commonly known as the H.B. 264 program. The six districts expect to see nearly $627,000 in annual savings through the planned improvements.

“The H.B. 264 program makes it possible for Ohio schools districts to take on projects that reduce their energy consumption,” said OSFC Executive Director Richard M. Hickman. “The savings generated will allow these six districts to upgrade their facilities and become more energy efficient. Furthermore, the energy savings will cover the cost of the financing used to fund the projects."

The Brecksville Broadview Heights City School District project includes the installation of upgrades to lighting in six buildings. The district projects $53,558 in annual energy and operational savings.

The Crestview Local School District project will involve the installation of upgrades to lighting in four buildings. The district projects $19,493 in annual energy and operational savings.

The Madison Local School District will be performing lighting and building automation upgrades in three buildings, along with the installation of new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning units. The district projects $135,695 in annual energy and operational savings.

The Marion City School District project will entail the installation of upgrades to lighting in four buildings. The district projects $66,683 in annual energy and operational savings.

The Northwestern Local School District will be installing new geothermal heating and cooling system for two buildings. The district projects $202,758 in annual energy and operational savings.

The Salem City School District project is a revision to a previously approved project. The new scope of work will include five separate buildings, including window replacements in two buildings and boiler replacements in four facilities. They will also be doing lighting and building automation upgrades, door replacement in two buildings, and asbestos abatement in two buildings. The district projects $148,590 in annual energy and operational savings.


About OFCC

Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.

On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.

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Media contact: Rick Savors at 614.466.7746 or rick.savors@ofcc.ohio.gov