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October 2012

Western Gets Greener with McKinstry

Western Oklahoma State College is reducing energy consumption by 17% this year by upgrading facility infrastructure, all without spending any capital dollars.

Western hired McKinstry, a Dallas, Texas, energy consultation firm, to develop a guaranteed energy savings program that will be paid from the same energy savings the program creates. The program follows Oklahoma Finance Code OS62-318 which guides the college’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts. The plan is also organized around specific goals that are aligned with Oklahoma Senate Bill 1096 which requires Oklahoma state agencies to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.

Over a six -month period, McKinstry worked with Western to develop a plan based on the college’s unique challenges and opportunities. In April, McKinstry provided the college with the design, engineering, future energy savings, operations and maintenance savings calculations, final recommendations and a financial guarantee of performance. The energy plan includes 10 individual strategies and action items that McKinstry is constructing for the college. Special emphasis was placed on strategies that maximize energy operation and maintenance savings while also improving the comfort of the learning environment.

McKinstry began installations on Western's campus in mid-September with the additions of a state of the art, campus-wide energy management system, high efficiency air conditioning systems and lighting systems. Upgrades will continue through the fall semester without interruption to campus class and work schedules. The installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

Established in 1960, McKinstry is a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) firm with over 1,600 employees and approximately $400 million in annual revenue. McKinstry’s professional staff and trades people deliver consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. As an early adopter of the DBOM process, the company advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions that are designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and ultimately optimize client profitability for the life of their building.

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