Kleberg County Upgrades Facilities While Boosting Energy Savings
Kleberg County teams with McKinstry to make critical safety and efficiency upgrades to county buildings
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS (Sept. 6, 2017) – Kleberg County has completed energy-saving renovations and upgrades in buildings across the county, performed by McKinstry, a national design-build company specializing in energy-based retrofits.
Construction was completed this summer and consisted of improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, plumbing and lighting in the DPS office, welfare office, jail and other buildings throughout the county. Specific updates include:
- HVAC Network Controls – Centrally controlled network thermostats have been installed to allow maintenance staff to set HVAC run schedules from a computer or mobile device to troubleshoot some HVAC issues remotely.
- Plumbing – Plumbing equipment throughout the county jail have been updated and a water control system was installed to help conserve water and reduce maintenance costs.
- LED Lighting – Energy efficient LED light fixtures replaced interior and exterior lighting throughout the county, which will significantly reduce energy and maintenance costs, while improving security by providing better visibility at night.
“These improvements will help the county save thousands of energy dollars that can be reinvested into our community,” said Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid. “We’re extremely pleased with the energy-saving measures proposed by McKinstry, and we look forward to reaping the benefit of these cost-effective solutions for our county for years to come.”
County officials worked closely with McKinstry to identify opportunities to optimize equipment and replace systems for the most automated and efficient energy use. Through these improvements, the county will realize more than $100,000 in annual utility, operations and maintenance savings.
“Kleberg County has wisely taken steps to invest in facility improvements and energy savings,” said Quinn Tolbert, sales director at McKinstry. “We applaud the county for moving forward with these important infrastructure updates that will pay off for residents well into the future.”
In addition to energy and cost savings, carbon emissions will be reduced by more than 900,000 pounds annually, which is equivalent to removing 81 cars from the road or planting 115 acres of trees each year.