Sweet Home Central School District Invests in Facility Improvements, Earns Energy Star Certifications

Customer Profile

Sweet Home Central School District is a K-12 public school district located in Amherst, NY. The district consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of approximately 3,350 students.

Stark Tech integrated a building automation system throughout the Sweet Home School District more than 35 years ago and has integrated several systems in each of the district’s facilities since then.

The school district’s population has increased over the years, and the district identified the construction of new school buildings as a critical need to meet the growing demand. The new facility designs sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping students safe, comfortable, and focused on learning.

During construction, Stark Tech audited the district’s energy consumption and identified energy conservation measures to aid in the energy and operational efficiencies of the buildings. Sweet Home Middle School, for example, was one of the first schools in the region to have air-conditioned classrooms.

Project Overview

Stark Tech’s relationship with the customer, which was established in 1988, began when the district transitioned from pneumatics to EcoStruxure smart technology. Within that system, Stark Tech recently provided upgrades to operate and control the Middle School’s central air system and other HVAC systems throughout the district.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Platform automates and standardizes operations of buildings, aiding in key performance indicators for energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality.

Protective Systems:

In an effort to ensure student, faculty, and staff safety, measures were also implemented to help streamline notification and communications in the event of an emergency. With the assistance of the school’s safety team, local law enforcement, and Stark Tech, a new solution was designed and implemented.

The Telecor Crisis Notification System is designed to automate notification regarding student, staff, and visitor safety.  In the event of a lockdown, this system features a panic button-initiated response that includes redundant calls to 9-1-1, building lockdown alert message over the public address system speakers, visual strobe lighting on the interior and exterior of the building, emergency displays located in larger gathering areas, and text and email notification to district officials launching the Incident Response Protocols.

Results

Our team continues to provide energy-efficient building management through our Annual Preventative Maintenance Service Agreement – enabling Sweet Home to reduce operating costs, replace inefficient equipment, improve classroom environments, and allocate school budgets to focus on education.

Through NYS/OGS Contract, an Energy Services Performance Contract, and OpEx cost management, Sweet Home has been able to further invest in student education funding. Every school in the district has received ENERGY STAR certifications for the energy and operational improvements Stark Tech has integrated throughout the years.

About Stark Tech

Stark Tech enhances learning environments with technology designed to maximize the operational output of building efficiency. As facilities optimization experts, our integration specialists evaluate building conditions and develop strategies that address pain points including traditional and common efficiency improvement activities. Through years of experience, tribal knowledge, and best-in-class technology, we help end users reduce their environmental impact through the facility optimization process.