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Adams Township Schools discuss upgrades

Electric and heating construction ready to begin

December 15, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

PAINESDALE - The electric and heating project is ready to begin at Jeffers High School and South Range Elementary School.

The Adams Township School District Board of Education met Wednesday evening and approved the project with U.P. Engineers & Architects and Bay Electric.

Bay Electric provided a proposal recommending most of the classrooms be retrofitted with new energy-efficient lighting and motion sensors. As part of the project, the elementary school will get sensor lighting in the classroom with daylight sensors in the main lobby area, said Paul Marttila, an electrical engineer with UPEA.

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Paul Marttila, an electrical engineer with U.P. Engineers & Architects, presents to the Adams Township School District Board of Education Wednesday evening while Mark Rosenlund of Bay Electric looks on.

"In most of the older portion of Jeffers High School, the older technology lamps will be replaced," he said.

It was determined that motion sensors weren't needed at Jeffers High School and faculty and staff are diligent to turn off lights when rooms aren't being used.

RC Mechanical is also involved with the project and the cost is approximately $51,000 to complete after scrapping the idea to put motion sensors in the high school as originally planned. The estimated savings in electricity will be approximately $4,000 to $5,000 per year. Additional lighting upgrades can provide another $4,000 to $5,000 per year, Marttila said.

"If you do what's in the base bid and additional lighting upgrades, you should be eligible for an $8,000 (Upper Peninsula Power Co.) rebate," he said. "That's a one-time rebate and I'm going to recommend you do that."

Tim Keteri said within just a few years, the money spent on the project will be replaced with the savings from the upgrades.

"It seemed like we were spending a lot of money for these upgrades," he said. "I think it is a really good idea."

The boiler system is also set to be replaced. Currently, a large part of the school's budget is spent on heating Jeffers High School. With the new system, the district is expected to save even more money.

Material for the boilers is expected to be ordered soon and the entire upgrade project is planned to be complete this spring. Crews will be working at both schools during the evenings and weekends during the school year, as well as Fridays when the school is closed.



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