SCHOOL BOARD


Nearly $63M going toward more air conditioning, lighting upgrades at 13 Ann Arbor schools

ANN ARBOR, MI - Nearly $63 million in capital bond funding for upgrades to air conditioning and lighting at several school buildings, as well as architecture and engineering contracts for future projects, have been approved by the Ann Arbor School Board. Each firm will collect a professional fee of 4% of actual construction costs, which are estimated to be $15 million for Stantec and $14 million for Fishbeck to design these projects:Pioneer High School: LED lighting upgrades (2022 and 2023)Clague Middle School: Air conditioning, LED lighting and fire suppression (2022 and 2023)Forsythe Middle School: Air conditioning, LED lighting and fire suppression (2022 and 2023)Allen Elementary School: LED lighting (2022)Bach Elementary School: Air conditioning and LED lighting (2022)Eberwhite Elementary School: Air conditioning and LED lighting (2022)Pittsfield Elementary School: Air conditioning and LED lighting (2022)Wines Elementary School: Air conditioning and LED lighting (2022)All of the lighting and air conditioning projects were identified as early priorities in an initial set of “promises” AAPS made during its campaign for the $1 billion capital bond passed by voters in 2019. In February, the board approved approximately $15 million to upgrade lighting and provide air conditioning at five of its school buildings, with project funding from the bond. This includes $10.5 million toward LED lighting upgrades and the replacement of the existing heating and ventilation systems at Scarlett Middle School. “When you bring in air conditioning, obviously it’s using more energy, bringing up the carbon footprint and general fund expenditures,” Lauzzana said.

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