Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky was struggling with an inefficient steam heating system and new environmental regulations that drove their need for energy improvements. CMTA therefore designed a comprehensive scope in this performance contracting project that not only solved the university’s mechanical system and comfort level problems long-term, but was 100% fully funded through energy and operations savings.
CMTA was able to fully replace Kentucky State University’s steam heating system with a new hot water system, add over 1,000,000 square feet of new building automation systems, install and retrofit 30,000 LED fixtures, and improve plumbing fixtures for 27 buildings. All of these renovations occurred over breaks and after hours, so students or staff who occupy the campus buildings year-round would not have to relocate.
In addition to these renovations, CMTA added a unique energy conservation measure to the project scope, a new artificial turf football field to replace the existing dirt field. This upgrade revamped the aesthetics of the stadium, while also cutting down on the maintenance and water costs.
CMTA implemented a technical support service post-construction to continually monitor building data and optimize energy usage across the campus. In the first month, multiple opportunities to continue improving energy efficiency were found, including schedule adjustments for buildings that have intermittent occupancy, eliminating unused meters, and identifying and fixing billing errors.
All in all, CMTA made Kentucky State University more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly through this project.