FD Middle School energy efforts pay off

Fort Dodge Middle School’s energy-saving efforts have resulted in financial savings for the Fort Dodge Community School District.

According to Shane Albrecht, FDCSD construction manager, the district consulted with the Weidt Group of Des Moines to design different energy-efficiency models for the middle school building.

“There’s a baseline and then there’s different energy savings you can incorporate into your building, like premium efficiency motors, some different lights and different things like that,” Albrecht said. “We worked really hard to be conscientious of that money and get proper rebates in the building that we can get some good payback on.”

From its energy rebates, the middle school is projecting savings of $131,000 yearly, Albrecht said.

“Our building, because it’s a heated and cooled building, it still has a cost to it, but it’s a greatly reduced cost,” he said. “And with all of these energy-saving measures we were able to put in, our payback is less than one and a half years on the cost of all that stuff.”

The savings is substantial, Albrecht said.

“The projected baseline cost of the building was supposed to be around $260,000. So we’re saving almost half. We’re right at half of the cost,” he said. “If we wouldn’t have done all of these energy measures, our building would be projected to cost $260,000.”

He added, “It’s a good savings we were able to get for the district and for our building to be energy conscious.”

The rebate, higher than anticipated, is the result of hard work, Albrecht said.

“We were only going to get this if we did everything right,” he said. “We were actually short, but we went back and worked with them to try to get some of those measures put back in, so we were able to actually do better than projected.”

There are other areas of savings to be found in the middle school, which opened in August 2013.

“We took three kitchens and moved that down to one,” Albrecht said. “We were able to be centrally located and better manage the kids because they’re located all in one building, for all the different support staff and people.”

A few items, Albrecht said, remain still on the building’s punchlist.

“The original punchlist, we had roughly 3,000 items and we’ve got that whittled down to less than 1,000 items right now,” he said. “It’s a good project and we’re getting there. I’m happy we’re getting this result.”