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Eugene Field Special Services Center
412 West Cypress Street
Normal, IL 61761
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The Eugene Field Special Services Center is a 15,500-square-foot office facility designed to serve the needs of a 28-site (pre-K through 12) school district with more than 12,500 students.  The building houses the specialists working with a multitude of special needs students throughout the school district. A steam boiler provides heating, and air conditioning is achieved through individual window units. Formerly an elementary school, this site has been an office since August 2003. Staff members instituted energy efficiency methods from the beginning.

To help address a dwindling Operations and Maintenance Fund budget, the Board of Education signed a contract in late 2004 with Energy Education, Inc. to assist with utility management and cost containment.  The formal application of the program began August 1, 2005.  Thus, August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005 became the baseline year for building performance comparison.  Using the methods developed by Energy Education, Inc., which include having an Energy Educator Manager work in the district and expert consultants frequently visit to assist with both building and data analysis, the school district began realizing savings.  As a "people-based program," the major goal was to teach each employee and student to think about energy efficiency.

Employees at this site clearly embraced the energy efficiency concepts advocated by Energy Education, Inc. and ENERGY STAR.  Minimal lighting has been used during the day, and heating has been adjusted to reflect real needs, as opposed to running at constant levels 24 hours per day. Eugene Field has realized average energy savings of more than $3,800 per year.

The performance of district buildings has been highlighted in the local newspaper, at Board of Education meetings, and a seminar highlighting "green" activities throughout the community.

Communications:

Communication for this site involves:
-- Sending a monthly newsletter electronically to each employee.
-- Sharing monthly savings with the superintendent.
-- Holding a meeting twice a year with the building administrator, head custodian, and energy manager.
-- Giving reports to the Board of Education twice per year.
-- Reporting information in local news media.

Testimonial:

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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by McLean County Unit School District #5 or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Property Manager:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2007 (94)
2008 (87)
2010 (89)
2011 (89)
2012 (94)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 15537 sf

Year Constructed: 1935

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning

For More Info:
Bruce Boswell
Normal, IL 61761-4315
309-557-4112
boswelbm@unit5.org