Kanawha County Schools

Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract

This project is a performance contracting project for Kanawha County School District, a school district serving Charleston, West Virginia and the surrounding area. The project is uniquely funded by an excess tax levy and has been split into multiple phases to expedite construction schedules and project delivery. Both phases of this project encompass 18 buildings, 1,406,677 square feet.

The project features 13 comprehensive HVAC replacements, which will result in the district achieving nearly 50% in energy savings guaranteed at the utility meter, as well as 10 total roof replacements. 

The district identified the facilities to include in this project scope based upon the most immediate need. Project development and design was expedited to move quickly to construction implementation. 5 roof replacements were implemented in 2020 and 13 HVAC designs were completed over a 7-month period and released in groups for bidding to local contractors and equipment vendors.

Comprehensive HVAC and roof replacements included high-performing building designs. All work was performed over summer break and after hours during unoccupied periods to minimize disruptions to the learning environment for students and staff.

The ECMs completed in 2021 include:

  • 2 complete roof replacements that improved drainage, insulation and coping
  • 4 comprehensive HVAC renovations, including 2 geothermal renovations
  • LED lighting replacements
  • Building automation controls upgrades at 4 schools, with multiple vendors integrating to a common standardized front-end system
  • New double-pane windows at 2 schools

Ongoing ESPC work to be completed in 2022:

  • 3 complete roof renovations
  • 6 comprehensive HVAC renovations, including 2 geothermal renovations
  • Installation of variable speed terminal equipment
  • LED lighting replacements
  • Building automation controls upgrades at 6 schools
  • New double-pane windows at 2 schools

To be completed in 2023:

  • 2 compehensive HVAC systems, including 1 geothermal system
  • LED lighting replacements
  • Building automation controls for 2 schools