Franklin Pierce Schools, Mukilteo School District Named Seahawks’ Week One Champions of Sustainability

Both districts will be recognized during the Sept. 11 season opener at CenturyLink Field

McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) firm that specializes in energy and facility services, has announced its full lineup of Seahawks Champions of Sustainability for the 2016 season, including week one honorees Franklin Pierce Schools and the Mukilteo School District. Representatives from both districts will be honored during the Sept. 11 Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field.

In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, the annual Champions of Sustainability program recognizes organizations during each regular-season home game that exhibit a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions.

Other 2016 home-game honorees will include Eastern Washington University, The Vancouver Clinic, Sabey, the Pacific Tower project team, Ivanhoe Cambridge, the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett project team and the 2nd and Pike Tower project team.

“For the seventh consecutive season at CenturyLink Field, we’re delighted to spotlight organizations committed to raising the bar for sustainability in the built environment,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “This year’s roster of honorees are leaders who innovate, cultivate positive behavior changes and act as community stewards.

Franklin Pierce Schools

In late 2015, Franklin Pierce Schools debuted the 20,000-square-foot Franklin Pierce Early Learning Center in Parkland inside a building once home to a church before its renovation and energy retrofitting. By partnering with McKinstry on an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) procurement mechanism, the district’s capital expenses were partially covered by the center’s future energy savings.
Sustainability measures at the new center such as an energy efficient variable refrigerant flow HVAC system, LED lighting, and upgrades to the insulative value of the building’s envelope. In addition to creating a comfortable learning environment, the project helped create local jobs by deploying local consultants and contractors.

Mukilteo School District

In 2009, Mukilteo School District adopted a Resource Conservation Management program focusing on energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reduction savings initiatives. Cumulatively, the district has saved $2.5 million in utility costs while it has grown in the number of students it serves and the number of square feet in its buildings. The district has also qualified for millions of dollars of grants, rebates and incentives.

Mukilteo School District and energy services partner McKinstry have replaced aging heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting with modern, high-efficiency systems at a number of schools. The district has also upgraded its parking lot lights to LED lighting, which is more efficient, longer-lasting and boasts higher light quality.

In addition to enhancing the Mukilteo School District’s general fund through gas and electric bill savings, these projects stimulated the local economy by maximizing the use of in-state labor and by employing local consultants and contractors. McKinstry estimates that 10 to 18 direct and indirect jobs were created for every $1 million spent on these projects.

About McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability Program

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit,

Over the past decade, McKinstry has implemented a number of facility-wide energy conservation initiatives at CenturyLink Field and Event Center, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Washington, mechanical system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting and ultra-low-flow water fixtures. These upgrades make the stadium a national model for sustainable sporting facilities. McKinstry and the Seahawks developed the annual Champions of Sustainability program to celebrate clients who have committed to similar green standards in the built environment.

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”


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