Kenosha Unified School District

Qualified Energy Savings Project

  • $16,800,000

  • 9

  • 31%

    Utility Cost Savings

Project Description

When Kenosha Unified School District chose to utilize performance contracting to renovate nine of their elementary schools to improve the mechanical systems, lighting and building envelope, they looked for an ESCO qualified provider that met technical and teaming requirements. KUSD wanted a partner that would effectively collaborate with their architect and internal facilities team. Performance Services best met their requirements for developing cost-effective solutions and brought a transparent, open book pricing process to the table. The ability to collaborate and to utilize combined strengths of the two organizations was a key component in the selection process and enabled the school district to get the most value for the budget.

Project Highlights


  • Temperature within 2 degrees of set point in the heating season
  • Window air conditioning units replaced with split DX cooling
  • Steam heating systems replaced with low-temp hot water systems

Energy Savings

  • Digital controls installed on all HVAC system equipment
  • Classroom speed multi-zone heating and ventilation systems replaced with variable air volume systems
  • Constant speed air handling units converted to variable speed operation

Fresh Air Ventilation

  • Variable speed fan-powered relief fans installed to maximize the ventilation air brought into the building


  • Inefficient T-12 fluorescent fixtures replaced with high-efficiency T-8 fixtures
  • Exterior metal HID fixtures replaced with LED fixtures
  • Parking lot fixtures replaced with LED fixtures

Building Envelope

  • Roofs replaced
  • Window wall systems replaced at Harvey Elementary
  • Masonry tuck pointed at Grant Elementary
  • Vestibules added to the main entries at Bose and Harvey Elementary Schools
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