Lake Orion Community Schools
A Smart Building Solution for Increased Energy Efficiency
Lake Orion Community Schools encompasses 50 square miles, 380 acres of school property, and approximately 1.6 million square feet of building space over 14 different facilities. Building Automation Systems and Services (B.A.S.S.) recently helped LOCS transition from existing equipment to an AspectFT system, allowing LOCS to take advantage of $70,000 in incentives offered by the Consumers Energy Business Solutions program.
The school district prides itself on leveraging state-of-the-art technology throughout their facilities, and were looking to upgrade their existing building control system to coincide with their technological philosophy.Executive Director Wes Goodman had previous experience with Building Automated Systems and Services (B.A.S.S.), as well as Cylon Auto-Matrix, and once again turned to them for a cutting-edge Building Automation System for their school.
Taking advantage of everyday technology like RRS Feeds, iCalendar integration for scheduling zones, and status notifications through Twitter among others, AspectFT provided a powerful and easy to use building automation & energy control front-end solution.
The transition from existing equipment to the AspectFT system has been a gradual migration. Currently, an AspectFT-Enterprise communicates over the Ethernet infrastructure of the district to five schools, each containing an AspectFT-Matrix and a variety of Cylon Auto-Matrix BACnet unitary controllers.
In two of these schools, AAM controls were installed to replace pneumatic controls on large multi-zone units, with the systems in these buildings being expanded to solve control and mechanical problems. In the other three, all remaining pneumatic controls have been eliminated and replaced by a DDC system that is integrated via BACnet I/P to the AspectFT-Enterprise system.
This entire system is operated through a desktop workstation by Andy Fountain, the Manager of Facilities and Energy, and will soon become portable once the system is upgraded to the latest version of AspectFT with HTML5 capabilities; allowing the system to be easily accessed from tablets and smart phones.
Lake Orion Community Schools has a mission statement that reads: “Educating our students for the challenges of tomorrow.” This is also true for B.A.S.S. and their efforts towards their customers.
Keeping this mission in mind while focusing on the challenges at hand and what the future will bring, the implementation of AspectFT has proven to be a beneficial and energy efficient solution for their learning environment. In addition, recent system upgrades have allowed LOCS to take advantage of approximately $70,000 of incentives offered by the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program.