Texas Wesleyan launches $6 million plan to slash energy costs

By Scott Nishimura snishimura@bizpress.net

Texas Wesleyan University is getting ready to make $6.2 million in campus-wide infrastructure improvements that the school said will save $12 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.

The work will begin in December, and the university said it expects the the changes to save more than 7.2 million kilowatt-hours per year.   “Texas Wesleyan is unwavering in its commitment to improve our campus for the benefit of our students, our neighborhood and Fort Worth,” the university president, Frederick G. Slabach, said.

Brian Franks, Texas Wesleyan’s executive director for facilities development and operations, will oversee the project, which will be implemented by The Way Cos., based in Houston.The project is expected to be completed by February 2016, Texas Wesleyan said.

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Upgrades will include using combined heat and power technology for electrical, cooling and heating needs; replacing and upgrading HVAC controls in 16 buildings; updating irrigation controls to better regulate water use on the campus grounds; improving 1,290 toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads; upgrading 1,559 interior and exterior lighting fixtures with LED technology; and reducing computer power consumption by running computer load management software.

Way Cos. has completed similar energy-saving and construction projects at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Baylor University and Rice University.