Low bidder objects to CISD’s choice to replace lights
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Conroe ISD plans to spend $ 4.3 million to replace about 17,500 aging T-12 fluorescent light fixtures with LED light fixtures in various campuses across the district.

Funds for the project are provided in the general fund with the end result yielding a significant energy savings, decreased life cycle costs and user adjustable lighting controls, according to Easy Foster, CISD director of planning and construction.

However, Taylor Kapp, CEO and co-founder of K&LFA, said that Conroe ISD purposely chose a more expensive product that is less efficient, when a superior product can be installed.

Kapp, an independent sales representative for Orion Energy Systems, Inc., which submitted a lesser bid of $ 2,872,895 and was turned down, addressed the board of trustees at the June regular board meeting about the LED Lighting Retrofit project.

Pinnacle/Inline also submitted a bid of $ 4.1 million.

Kapp believes the CISD board of trustees was “grossly misinformed.”

“I am here to ensure for public record it is my opinion a minimum of $ 619,410.70 may be spent unnecessarily in reference to the LED lighting retrofit and an extra spent on utilities of over $ 26,000 annually assuming utility rates stay the same and do not rise over the next 10 years,” Kapp said.

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Allied Video renovation keeps green practices in mind
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Beth Casper 9:03 p.m. PDT June 28, 2014

When Allied Video Productions’ owners purchased a building in 2010 for their offices and production space, they approached renovation much like they would a new video production: with an eye toward the future performance.

“We were doing a major renovation,” said Scott Hossner, Allied Video Productions co-owner and senior producer. “It only made sense to us to keep energy consumption and green practices in mind so we would have as energy efficient a building as possible.”

Their work paid off. The Salem business earned its EarthWISE certification in 2011 and won the Sustainable Small Business of the Year Green Award in 2012.

The renovation of the 45-year-old building on Front Street was a major undertaking. The building had been vacant for four years, contained no insulatio…………… continues on Statesman Journal

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