Hood River County School District

Located 60 miles east of Portland, OR, Hood River County School District incorporates the entire county of Hood River and consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one K-8 school.  The oldest school was constructed in 1915 and the newest school was built in 1969.

In November 2008, voters overwhelmingly supported a $25 million facilities improvement bond, which provided building upgrades to each facility.  Parallel to the bond campaign, McKinstry was developing energy savings projects that would leverage bond dollars to achieve more building upgrades.

Under an ESPC contract, McKinstry completed facility improvements in 11 locations throughout the Hood River County School District. These improvements included a district wide building automation installation, lighting upgrades, several new boiler plants, VAV system retro fit into an existing building with a high efficiency air handler and heat recovery wheel, and retro commissioning at 4 locations which had uncovered issues with failing pneumatic controls and mechanical systems.

To ensure that systems perform as designed and that its energy savings guarantees are met, McKinstry is commissioning all building automation systems and mechanical upgrades. These efforts will help maintain the same quality at all locations regardless of the installing contractor. The district is projected to realize annual savings of $195,000 due to the retrofits.

McKinstry has been selected as the commissioning authority on all 6 of district’s other building additions. In addition, McKinstry is commissioning to satisfy LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1 Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems and to achieve Credit 3 Enhanced Commissioning for Hood River Middle School’s Music/Science Center, a LEED® Platinum (Net Zero) facility.

The school district used a combination of bond funds, energy savings, Senate Bill 1149 funds, Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Power Administration incentives, Oregon Business Energy Tax Credits, and ARRA grants to fund the $6 million project.

Project Team:

Project Director – Brandon Adams

Program Manager – Joe Fuetsch

Engineer(s) – Aaron Wozniak, Antonio Giacobbe, Felix Kersting, Jon Eicher

Commissioning Authority – Ken Abbott

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