Ballinger Independent School District

McKinstry approached the District, located in Ballinger, Texas, with an opportunity to apply for grant money from the Texas Cool Schools program, administered by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Cool Schools program was intended to reduce utility costs by replacing old, inefficient equipment with new, more energy-efficient HVAC systems.

McKinstry collected all equipment data, performed energy calculations, completed the grant application, and submitted the application to SECO, all on behalf of Ballinger ISD. McKinstry also served as the District’s prime contractor and provided project management and construction management, and is handling all grant administration and grant reporting required by SECO.

To minimize potential interruptions to the learning environment, this project was completed during the District’s spring break and on weekends. McKinstry replaced a total of 53 units (including 41 packaged units and 12 split systems) at Ballinger Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools.

These upgrades are expected to save the District $34,938 annually on utility costs. The entire project was funded by the Texas Cool Schools grant, with no out-of-pocket contribution from the District.


Project Team

Account Manager | Project Director – David White

Construction Manager – Mike Edwards

Education, Energy, Construction, Consulting, Texas


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