Lynn University launches largest energy saving effort of its kind in Florida

10.7 million dollar program designed to ensure 30 percent utilities reduction
Lynn University launches largest energy saving effort of its kind in Florida

Published May. 30, 2012

Lynn University, site of the final 2012 presidential debate, is set to cut more than 30 percent from its utility spending thanks to an energy savings performance contract with Siemens Building Technologies Division.

The comprehensive $10.7 million energy efficiency program is the largest single-phase university project of its kind in Florida and will begin rolling out the same year Lynn hosts the presidential debate. Because the project is performance based, Siemens guarantees the amount of energy savings that will be produced by the upgrades and retrofits. These savings will reduce energy expenses enough to finance the project over time.

“We think it is one of the best investments we can make,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “We are confident the work done today will sustain us ecologically and economically for future generations of students.”

Over the contract’s 20-year duration, according to Siemens Greenhouse Gas Calculator, Lynn University can expect to reduce C02 emissions enough to remove the equivalent of approximately 10,000 cars from the road, preserve 386 acres of forest or negate the consumption of 290 rail cars full of coal.

After Siemens completes the project work, Lynn is expecting to trim more than 32 percent off its annual utility spending by reducing the consumption of electricity by at least 30 percent, water by 32 percent and natural gas by 20 percent. In the first year after construction is complete, energy savings are expected to yield, according to guaranteed estimates, just under $650,000 in equivalent cost reductions.

“Sustainability and energy efficiency are key tenets of Lynn University’s master plan,” Siemens Building Technologies zone manager, Todd Galimidi, said. “Those elements are key drivers of the project.  When complete, this work will have a significant impact on the university’s development plans and ultimately its ability to attract top students and faculty. World-class energy efficiency will bring world-class results.”

Most campus buildings will see multiple improvements and upgrades to produce the energy and savings guaranteed by the Siemens performance contract. Plans call for breaking ground on a new central chilled water plant in 2012 that will provide the cooling needs for most campus facilities and produce significant energy efficiency and operational benefits.

More than 500,000 square feet of space will be affected when the project, scheduled to be completed December 2013, is finished. Siemens will expand the number of buildings being controlled by its APOGEE Building Automation System which will provide a detailed view of building operations and optimize the performance of the campus energy systems. Lighting will be upgraded and controlled based on occupancy and natural daylight conditions.