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Park Elementary School
1209 Park Street
Cross Plains, WI 53528
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Park Elementary School has become one of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District's most energy-efficient buildings.  Opened as a state-of -the-art facility in 1965, Park Elementary now features efficient HVAC and lighting equipment.  In 2004, with the help of Energy Education, Inc. and an energy manager, the district developed a people-based energy management program along with a strategy to address mechanical inefficiencies.

Measures were taken to increase the school's overall energy performance across its HVAC and lighting systems.  The older forced air heating system was replaced with a modern version utilizing modular boilers, efficient pumps, frequency drives, fans, booster coils, and air handling units. Other HVAC updates included adding new and efficient univents for individual classroom heating and cooling needs, installing a chiller for building cooling, and using occupancy sensors to control start-ups and shut-downs of classroom univents. The insulation was also improved at the building's perimeter, and the hot water loop temperatures are lowered whenever weather permits. The primary lighting upgrades consisted of replacing inefficient metal halide lamps with efficient T-8 fluorescent fixtures in the gym and reducing lighting through delamping.

In addition to these structural upgrades, Park Elementary maximized energy efficiency through smart operational strategies. Maintenance and custodial personnel reduce equipment run-times by adjusting HVAC schedules to meet actual staff needs. Staff also institutes full shut-downs of lights and heating during unoccupied times in the school schedule and controls start-ups and shut-downs of heating equipment during the "shoulder months" in spring and fall. Carpets are also only cleaned during mild weather, and fans and dehumidifiers are used to remove excess moisture. Unnecessary equipment is also shut down during non-school portions of the year.

With the help of these practices, the staff members at Park Elementary School were able to significantly increase energy efficiency and avoid paying increased costs associated with these reductions.  In 2008, Park Elementary was recognized by EPA for its energy efficiency achievements when it earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.

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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Middleton Cross Plains Area School District 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.

Service Provider:
Energy Education, Inc.

Building Owner:*
Middleton Cross Plains Area School District

Property Manager:*
N/A

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (89)
2009 (94)
2011 (95)
2013 (95)
2014 (92)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 47021 sf

Year Constructed: 1965

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant

For More Info:
Neal Bickler
Energy Manager
Middleton, WI 53562
608-829-2348
nbickler@mcpasd.k12.wi.us