Fort Riley, KS – Fort Riley, home of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, collaborated with Southland Energy and the U.S Army Engineering and Support Center to develop and implement energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption and enhance resiliency. The $25 million second phase energy project will upgrade 165 facilities totaling 3.7 million square feet. Improvements include LED lighting (interior and exterior), water fixtures, HVAC, controls, expanding the existing Energy Management Control System (EMCS), infrared heating system upgrades, direct exchange system coil treatment and restoration, building envelope improvements, and retro-commissioning. The upgrade, expansion and implementation of cybersecurity protocols of the EMCS started in Phase 1 will continue in Phase 2. Fort Riley's EMCS will incorporate enhanced security protocols designed to obtain Department of Defense cybersecurity accreditation. Building on the success of Phase 1, Phase 2 will guarantee annual savings of $1.3 million with a 34 percent reduction in energy use intensity and a 19 percent reduction in water use.
"The Energy Savings Performance Contract with Southland allows Fort Riley to reduce consumption and provide lifecycle cost solutions for thermal systems without any additional costs for the Army," said Jeff Williamson, Fort Riley Director of Public Works. "Our first phase has already seen a dramatic reduction in energy usage and operational improvements. We are on course to exceed the Army's energy reduction goals for 2025."
"This project will improve the quality of life and the environment for 1st Infantry Division soldiers and their families," said Nello Tortora, Director of Federal Programs at Southland Energy. "Southland is very proud to contribute to that effort, and we look forward to continuing the collaboration and partnership we have with Fort Riley, the Army Corps of Engineers and all stakeholders in this ESPC."
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