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ABM: Company to Reduce Energy and Operating Costs of Georgia School System by $5.7 Million


New York, N.Y. — Nov. 23, 2015 — ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, announced that its ABM Building Solutions business is performing extensive energy and facility improvements to public school buildings in Irwin County, Ga. Following project completion this month, ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program guarantees that the Irwin County School System will save more than $5.7 million in energy and operating costs over the next 15 years, cutting the district’s energy use by an expected 35 percent.

ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions (BES) program is designed as a financial solution to meet clients’ technical facility needs and sustainability goals. ABM’s goal is to drive costs out of a client’s operating budget, allowing savings to be reallocated to fund mission-critical facility needs. Through the program, Irwin County School System is able to make timely, comprehensive improvements to its aging HVAC, lighting, and controls systems without the need for cutting programs or increasing taxpayer burden to the residents. The project will generate over $380,000 in general fund relief annually without any upfront costs.

“Our power rates had jumped significantly over the last few years, and I knew we had to improve our energy management. Not only does partnering with ABM make it possible for the Irwin County School System to make immediate infrastructure improvements across the district, but ABM will also guarantee the results and future performance of our facilities,” said Dr. Thad Clayton, superintendent of schools for Irwin County’s Board of Education.

Each of Irwin County’s three schools struggled with rising energy costs due in part to their outdated HVAC systems, which still used mercury thermostats without means of centralized control. ABM will replace more than 100 pieces of HVAC equipment across the district as well as install high-efficiency LED lighting, water conservation equipment, and a state-of-the-art, Web-based HVAC control system that will allow centralized control of the HVAC equipment as well as notify staff of equipment irregularities.

The improvements are projected to create annual energy savings of 1.98 million kWh, reduce annual propane use by almost 1,300 gallons, and cut annual potable water use by over 600,000 gallons. The installation of all LED lighting across the school system alone will save in excess of 500,000 kWh of electricity annually. This project also enables the school district to provide an HVAC system for the physical education facility of the Irwin County Middle and High School.

ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of $5 billion and over 100,000 employees in over 300 offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

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