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Building Upgrades to Save

by Published: Oct 23, 2013

Renovations to build­ings on cam­pus are esti­mated to save Ferris State University $115,000 a year.

The phys­i­cal plant is con­tin­u­ing to improve on-campus build­ings by mak­ing them energy effi­cient and water conservative.

Lighting upgrades have been com­pleted in Pickell, Puterbaugh, Henderson, West Commons and the power plant. The Heavy Equipment build­ing will also receive light upgrades, but are not expected to be com­pleted until November.

According to Kara Pellerito, Ferris’ energy con­ser­va­tion man­ager, the costs of the new light­ing upgrades were $240,000. However, it is esti­mated the new advance­ments will save $50,000 in annual energy costs.

A pro­jected $30,000 in water and sewer costs will be saved annu­ally due to the plumb­ing makeover at Pickell and Henderson Hall. The com­pleted project came with a $50,000 price tag.

The steam traps across cam­pus have also been updated for $5,000. The enhance­ments will save the uni­ver­sity around $35,000 a year. These upgrades are expected to be com­pleted by the end of October.

Future projects to con­tinue Ferris’ sus­tain­abil­ity efforts are already being discussed.

“There are plans to con­tinue to improve the energy and water effi­ciency of build­ings across cam­pus. Planning is cur­rently in progress for 2014 projects,” said Pellerito.

Ferris is fol­low­ing the trend many other uni­ver­si­ties across Michigan and nation­wide are mov­ing towards: a more eco-friendly cam­pus. The move to make energy effi­cient and water con­ser­v­a­tive build­ings is appeal­ing not only because of the cost cuts but also the pos­i­tive effect it has on the environment.