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Innovative learning lab opportunity for Washburn Tech students, Nov. 6

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When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.

Where: Climate and Energy Control shop, Washburn Institute of Technology, 5724 SW Huntoon

Students enrolled in the Climate and Energy Control Technologies program at Washburn Institute of Technology will participate in an innovative hands-on learning lab at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Climate and Energy Control shop at Washburn Tech, 5724 SW Huntoon.

As part of a $12.3 million energy savings renovation project with Trane, several outdated condensing units will be removed earlier in the week. Instead of consigning the units to a landfill, Climate and Energy Control Technologies program instructor Joshua Thompson is giving students an opportunity to disassemble the old condensing units, a task which is as educational as it is unique.  

 About the $12.3 million energy savings contract:

In February, 2013 Washburn University began a 20-month, $12.3 million project with Trane to reduce energy consumption and the campus’ carbon footprint while making a significant improvement to the learning environment.

The most significant changes students and faculty will notice are the thermal and visual comfort improvements generated from upgrading the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and lighting systems. Most buildings on campus will receive energy efficient lighting upgrades that will enhance the learning environment and improve energy efficiency. Additionally, HVAC equipment and control system upgrades will improve indoor air quality, ventilation and classroom comfort. Additional improvements include low-flow water fixture upgrades in most buildings and updating of the fume hood system in Stoffer Science Hall.

The project is funded with an energy performance contract authorized by Kansas statute for funding public infrastructure improvement projects. By managing and optimizing energy use, higher education institutions can leverage energy and operational savings to support strategic educational objectives.

With the new energy efficient upgrades, Washburn University is expected to save nearly $618,000 annually in utility expenses. That savings will initially be dedicated to paying off the cost of the improvements. Additionally, by replacing aging infrastructure Washburn will reduce its deferred maintenance backlog while preparing facilities for decades of additional use. 

Contact:
Joshua Thompson, Climate and Energy Control instructor, Washburn Tech, 785-273-7140

Amanda Hughes, Washburn University, 785-670-2153

Lori Hutchinson, Washburn Tech, 785-670-2199

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