Estacada School District

Estacada School District is a medium-size school district located in the rural Oregon countryside in the Clackamas River area and includes considerable portions of the Mt. Hood National Forest.  The district includes three elementary schools, one junior high school and two high schools.  Approximately 2,300 students attend Estacada School District where all schools are located in Estacada, Ore.

Increasing electricity and natural gas rates, coinciding budget cuts from the current economic downturn, and significant flooding at multiple locations have increased the financial stresses on the Estacada School District. Construction scheduling is a critical element of success for the district, which is working with McKinstry to update outdated lighting and an inefficient Direct Digital Control System.  McKinstry’s challenge was to maintain the summer construction schedule for performance contracting work while working closely with the district to integrate new scheduling changes as a result of the recent flooding.

In 2010, Estacada School District was awarded a $450,000 ARRA grant to replace an existing oil-fueled boiler with a new biomass boiler.  This project will demonstrate Estacada School District’s commitment to reducing their dependency on fossil fuels by implementing renewable energy solutions.

In working with McKinstry, Estacada School District has completed projects in multiple phases.  Phase 1, a $250,000 project which consisted of high efficiency lighting upgrades for five schools, is complete.  Phase 2, a $550,000 project, consists of Direct Digital Controls upgrades at five schools; and Phase 3, a $1,000,000 project, consists of the installation of a new biomass boiler at Estacada High School.

Estacada School District is working closely with McKinstry under an Energy Savings Performance Contract to complete all three phases of work without the requirement of any general fund or capital dollars.  Each project will be funded with guaranteed energy savings, SB1149 dollars, BETC tax credits, and ARRA grant money.  The projects will provide Estacada School District with improved equipment and systems, improved learning environments for the students and a positive overall reduction of the campus carbon footprint.

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