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Penn High School
56100 Bittersweet Rd
Mishawaka, IN 46530
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Penn High School serves more than 3,200 high school students.  It is the only high school in the district that serves Madison, Penn, and Harris townships in Northern Indiana.  Built in 1954, Penn is a 581,000-square-foot building that was significantly remodeled in 1974, 1990, in 1996, and 2011.


In 2007, the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation partnered with Cynergistic to create a people-based energy conservation program that emphasizes changing the habits of building occupants.  Penn High School staff members put forth an excellent effort which brought the school?s annual savings to 20 percent for two years in a row and helped to earn the ENERGY STAR. 


Significant improvements in the building have also contributed to Penn High Schools energy conservation success.  All of the building?s heat pumps were replaced with newer, more efficient equipment.  The lighting in both gymnasiums has been upgraded from HID lighting to magnetic induction lighting, cutting the electrical usage in half and extending the bulb life of these high-bay fixtures by eight years.  In addition, the Energy Management System was upgraded and all of the equipment controls were commissioned, making sure the common area lighting systems and the heating and air conditioning systems were working correctly and efficiently.  Additionally, more than 800 outdated computers have been replaced with units that have increased energy-efficient power supplies and flat screen monitors. 


Much of the energy savings at this building comes from a team of dedicated staff members who have reduced the run time of equipment in the building including turning off lights, turning off computers, and controlling room temperatures.  All of the above has combined to earn Penn High School the ENERGY STAR.






Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Penn Harris Madison Schools 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:*
Penn Harris Madison Schools

Property Manager:*
Penn Harris Madison Schools

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (76)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 581621 sf

Year Constructed: 1958

Contract Type: None
Financing Type: Public Bond

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions