As part of a 5-year effort to upgrade their infrastructure and improve school facilities, East Aurora School District embarked upon a progressive plan to retrofit lighting, HVAC and other mechanical systems throughout their 18-school portfolio. Envisioning a streamlined, design/build approach, EASD collaborated with their trusted architectural advisor, Cordogan Clark & Associates, and together the two identified qualifications required to assist the District in upgrading their entire school system’s infrastructure, the primary goal being the ability to lower the cost and reduce the risk of upgrade.
Using SP’s innovative Utility Services Agreement, East Aurora School District benefits from a District-wide lighting upgrade to LED plus controls, all for zero out-of-pocket expense and the ability to convert what would have been a large capital expense into an operating cash positive with no balance sheet impact, all on the basis of lighting use. This approach to infrastructure investment accelerates facility improvements by moving individual projects from start to finish at a far greater pace than East Aurora School District could have otherwise done so by using more traditional means. As a result, a second more significant phase of improvements to HVAC and mechanical systems has already been contemplated and scoped.