Washburn University recently began a 20-month project to reduce energy consumption and the campus' carbon footprint while making a significant improvement to the learning environment. All of the improvements are anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2014.
Trane, the company contracted to complete the project, is operating a job-site office at 21st Street and Washburn Avenue and is available if you have questions or concerns. Every effort is being made to minimize the impact of this work on the learning environment.
Check out Trane's update to campus, as of October 2013.
|Art Building||Living Learning Center|
|Bennett Computer Center||Mabee Library|
|Benton Hall||Memorial Union|
|Bianchino Pavilion||Morgan Hall|
|Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center||Petro Allied Health Center|
|Garvey Fine Arts Center||Stoffer Science Hall|
Henderson Learning Resources Center
|Student Recreation and Wellness Center|
|KTWU Television Studio||Washburn Tech|
What work happens when is scheduled by Trane, not by Washburn. Find out more about what is happening where you spend the day from the Trane project website.
This $12.3 million project is being funded with an energy performance contract authorized by Kansas statute for funding public infrastructure improvement. By managing and optimizing energy use, higher education institutions can leverage energy and operational savings to support strategic educational objectives.
Washburn University is expected to save nearly $618,000 annually in utility expenses. That savings will initially by 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.
Environmentally, the savings also will be substantial.The amount of electricity saved, 5,803,336 kilowatt hours per year, and the amount of natural gas saved, 18,836 MMBtu (million metric British thermal units) will eliminate 4,588 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. That's the same emissions as: