LSSU embarks on campus upgrades to net $71 million savings

Here is a gallery of all photos from the July 25 kick-off ceremony.

 

LSSU JCI Planting TreeSUBSTANTIAL SUSTAINABILITY SAVINGS – Officials with Lake Superior State University and Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., (JCI) plant an Accolade Elm during a ceremony on July 25 that kicks off campus infrastructure upgrades. The multi-year project includes lighting and water retrofits, building wide systems integration, modernized heating and cooling controls, improved building envelopes, and integrated fire, safety, and security solutions. Long-term savings could top $70 million over three decades. From left are LSSU mascot Seamore the Seaduck; Tom Coates, executive director of the LSSU Foundation Office; LSSU President Rodney Hanley; David Peters, JCI vice president and general manager, North Region; Steve Gregory, LSSU physical plant director; Joseph Boetsch, JCI area general manager; and Ronald Stimac, JCI performance infrastructure account executive. (LSSU/John Shibley)

Lake Superior State University and Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls have begun a $23.6 million infrastructure upgrade that will improve safety, security and sustainability, and install a more robust wireless IT network across LSSU’s 115-acre campus. The project includes lighting and water retrofits, building wide systems integration, modernized heating and cooling controls, improved building envelopes, and integrated fire, safety, and security solutions.

University and corporate officials planted a tree on campus during a July 25 ceremony that formally kicked-off the effort.

Through a long-term performance contract, the project is expected to generate $71 million in energy and operational savings over the course of 30 years. Upgrades throughout the 41-building campus are expected to be completed by winter 2020.

“We are committed to delivering a high-quality learning experience that meets the expectations of our students and our staff alike. A sustainable, secure and connected campus is an important part of this effort,” said Rodney Hanley, president at Lake Superior State University. “This performance contract allows us to implement these changes while driving energy and cost savings that will help us maintain our campus into the future.”

Building on a 30-year partnership between Johnson Controls and the university, including a $5.3 million project in 2001, this initiative will help LSSU engage current and prospective students and faculty with modernized infrastructure while upgrading critical facilities and addressing deferred maintenance across the campus.

“We are eager to deliver a customized campus setting to support LSSU in achieving its vision for the future,” said David Peters, regional vice president at Johnson Controls. “It is our pleasure to continue our partnership with the university and help make their campus improvements a reality through a Performance Contract.”