Waconia Laketown Elementary

When the Waconia Public School district was building a new elementary, it needed to identify and implement the systems that would be the best fit for the school, while providing the most value.

LOCATION:

Minnesota

INDUSTRY:

Education

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Challenge:

Waconia Public Schools had tight budgets, but needed to meet lofty efficiency goals for its mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology engineering services at the district’s new Laketown Elementary.

Approach:

Energy Efficiency
Energy modeling offered the most accurate way to determine the best fit for the school, and most value for the district. The model provided a detailed comparison of various mechanical systems, plug loads, glazing types, roof types and insulation levels – along with calculations for energy use, cost savings, and system paybacks for each system combination.

Technology Design
The district also needed technology design for advanced security, communication and AV systems – including cabling, patching, outlets, jacks, pathways, conduit, boxes and power. The AV system design featured infrastructure for video walls and projection in the cafeteria, media center, gymnasium and a divisible classroom. The building also has a power-over-ethernet clock system (no batteries to replace), a paging system, and a complete 10G to the desktop cabling infrastructure using category 6A cabling, as well as wireless throughout the building.

Outcome:

The final installation included budget-friendly high-efficiency condensing boilers and chillers, energy recovery air handling units, chilled beam systems and LED lighting. Induction displacement units were placed throughout the cafeteria, and in-floor radiant heat was installed in the classrooms. The result is a tech-savvy new school operating at maximum energy efficiency.

Key Contacts:
Randy P. Christenson, PE
Director, Commercial, Institutional, and Architects
David M. Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Controls Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection
  • Integrated Energy Modeling
  • Mechanical Engineering

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