Eagle Road Resource Center
2022 Eagle Road
Normal, IL 61761
The Eagle Road Resource Center is a 17,920-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 technology specialists working with district computers, central IMC personnel, district teaching mentors, and production services. With the district's focus on energy efficiency that began in 2005, this location has embraced the concept of saving energy and taken measures to reduce energy demands. Renovations inside the building in 2008 have created space for additional technology equipment and personnel.
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 base 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 visit frequently 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 the heating has been adjusted to reflect real needs as opposed to using constant levels 24 hours per day, as it was in the past. Eagle Road Resource Center has realized an average energy savings of $2,000 per year since the program began.
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.
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.
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.
McLean County Unit School District #5
Energy Education, Inc.
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 18427.38 sf
Year Constructed: 1968
Contract Type: None
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