Wayne Community College upgrades heating/cooling in downtown campus

Heating and cooling are about to be much more efficient at Wayne County Community College District's downtown campus thanks to $2.25 million in boiler and air conditioning upgrades.

The community college is replacing the decades old heating and cooling systems at its two buildings on Fort Street, taking it off the Detroit Thermal steam loop and installing its own energy efficient boiler system. A new air conditioning system will also be installed. The renovation project is also upgrading the interior lighting.

"They're going to see more than $400,000 per year in savings," says Mike Cook, president of Corktown-based Facility Energy Solutions, which is overseeing the project. "That's close to 40 percent of their budget."

Helping make this project possible is a $200,000 grant from the city of Detroit's SmartBuilding's program. The project is already underway and will be wrapped up by April.

Source: Mike Cook, president of Facility Energy Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

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