Energy conservation gets an A+

As a preferred Energy Services Company (ESCO) provider for Northshore School District, our Public ESCO team developed a holistic energy and needs-based project for Lockwood Elementary School. Our team recommended four main Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that would best benefit the aging school built in the 1960s. The main scope of work included a complete mechanical system upgrade, changing from electric unit ventilators to a hydronic system utilizing high efficiency gas boilers and ceiling mounted fan coils, reroofing/adding insulation to the school roof, replacing classroom lights with LED fixtures and modern lighting controls, ceiling modifications, upgraded ventilation and installing a smart thermostat in one of the portable classrooms.

These ECMs will greatly benefit Northshore School District’s Lockwood Elementary in Bothell, WA, including energy efficiency, air quality and comfort, learning environment, reduced operating and maintenance costs, and replacing the school’s aging systems with new ones. The associated reduction in annual carbon emissions based on calculated savings equates to 86.8 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of removing 13 cars from the road or planting 21.5 acres of trees.

This extremely fast-paced project took place during summer break of 2019 between June 28th and August 17th. It demonstrated our talent of delivering a quality project on time and in budget. Due to the owner-direct nature of ESCO projects, MacDonald-Miller acted as the General Contractor, utilizing our fabrication facility, fitting, plumbing, sheet metal, low voltage, line voltage, lighting, and utility worker teams to execute over 16,500 direct labor hours – in just 52 work days! (And that doesn’t take into account our subcontractors!)

“What really impressed me was how MacDonald-Miller identified problems I wasn’t aware of and came ready with a solution. They made my life easy, ” said Ha Yang, NSD Planning and Design Administrator.

Yang continued, ”The project came under budget, on schedule, and had no incidents or hiccups that I had to worry about. The MacMiller team excels at many things from project management, communication, project delivery to housekeeping. They provided an A+ team and I’m proud to continue working with them on more projects over the next year.”

Owning the entire project as a GC throughout the entire project life cycle from development through implementation and verification truly demonstrated our company’s unequaled ability to put our customer first.

MacMiller continues to grow as a State of Washington Approved Energy Services Company (ESCO).

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