Southland Energy Breaks Ground on Phase 2 Energy Savings Performance Contract at Fort Riley

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 20:30

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.”

About Southland

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit

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