Energy efficiency project begins in June; public forum will be April 5

The Mathes residence hall on the Western Washington University campus will be one of the 26 buildings to receive energy efficiency upgrades this summer. An info meeting on the project is scheduled for April 5. File photo

Western Today staff

A project to increase energy efficiency in 26 campus buildings at Western Washington University -- and thus reduce Western's utility bills and carbon footprint -- is scheduled to begin in June.

A presentation on the project will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Wilson Library Room 164F. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Improvements include better lighting controls, energy efficient lamps, insulation in attic spaces, HVAC controls and water conservation devices; the upgrades will be made to 21 academic buildings, the Wade King Student Recreation Center and four residence halls.

The project is expected to be complete by October.

The buildings included in this project are: Academic Instructional Center, Arts Annex, Administrative Services, Arntzen Hall, Biology, Bond Hall, Campus Services, Chemistry, Communications Facility, College Hall, Ross Engineering Technology, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Fraser Hall, Haggard Hall, Humanities, Old Main, Parks Hall, Performing Arts Center, Physical Plant, Science Mathematics and Technology Education, Wilson Library, Fairhaven Academic Building, Highland Hall, Fairhaven residence halls, Mathes Hall, Buchanan Towers and Wade King Student Recreation Center.

Project manager Sandy Fugami will facilitate the April 5 meeting with presentations by representatives from McKinstry Essention Consultants and the Department of Enterprise Services (formerly General Administration).

For more information, contact Fugami at (360) 650-2230 or sandy.fugami@wwu.edu.