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Smart Lighting Phase 2 in 43 buildings: Learn more at town halls

By Dave Jones on September 17, 2013 in University


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  • Aggie Stadium East
  • Aggie Stadium North
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  • Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
  • Center for Companion Animal Health
  • Dutton Hall
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  • Ghausi Hall
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  • Hart Hall
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  • Human Resources Administration Building
  • Jungerman Hall (Crocker Nuclear Laboratory)
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  • Life Sciences Building
  • Maddy Lab (Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory)
  • Mathematical Sciences Building
  • Memorial Union (third through sixth floors only)
  • Meyer Hall
  • North Hall
  • Parsons Seed Certification Center
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences Building
  • Plant Reproductive Biology Facility (Genome Launch)
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  • Social Sciences and Humanities Building
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  • Transportation and Parking Services Building
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  • University Services Building
  • Valley Hall
  • Vet Med 3A
  • Vet Med Equine Athletic Performance Lab
  • Vet Med MPT (multipurpose teaching facility)
  • Watershed Science Facility

Smart Lighting Phase 2 is coming to 43 buildings — and everyone in the campus community, even if you don’t work in one of them, is invited to town halls next week to learn more about the retrofit work.

The campus’s Smart Lighting Initiative, since its launch in 2007, has cut energy consumption by 10 percent through the installation of motion sensors, control systems, and LED lights or other energy-efficient lights, among other technologies.

Smart lighting has been put in parking garages and lots, along roads and paths and elsewhere, including new construction and the retrofitting of most every bathroom and stairwell on campus.

Phase 2 will tackle offices, classrooms, labs, corridors and other spaces in the selected buildings, all built in 1985 or later. With the retrofits, electricity use in the buildings will decline by an estimated 5.5 million kilowatt-hours annually, saving the campus about $475,000, according to Scott Arntzen, senior project manager with Design and Construction Management.

Construction cost is estimated at $7.2 million, which the campus expects to recoup in about 12 years, figuring in electricity savings, and a $1.3 million rebate overseen by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and provided by the state Public Utilities Commission.

Smart Lighting contributes to UC system's Working Smarter initiative, which has generated nearly $461 million in cost savings and new revenue since 2010. See separate story.

Phase 2 meetings

The Phase 2 meetings are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 23-25) in 3 Kleiber Hall. Each day’s program is the same: one presentation, about 15 minutes long, given three times, at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30.

Afterward, participants are invited across the street to the Sciences Lab Building to see Smart Lighting at work in an office, prep labs and a computer lab.

The contractor is starting with five buildings: Kemper, Ghausi, Mathematical Sciences, Meyer, and Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Work on the first five buildings is scheduled to start in October and conclude by December. The entire project is expected to last until December 2014.

Most work will be done at night, and the only thing building occupants should notice is the new lighting and controls, said Scott Arntzen, senior project manager with Design and Construction Management.

A typical control device includes a motion sensor and a dimmer; if the room is unoccupied, with the lights on, the control will switch them off.

But that may not be all: Facilities Management and its energy division are considering an add-on: connecting all the motion sensors to a control system. If part of a building is unoccupied, the control system will adjust the heat or air conditioning.

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