February 28

Riding Trane to No. 1

Celebrating a project that has saved $1.4 million in energy costs so far, the Authority and HVAC leader Trane held a luncheon, press conference and facility tour Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The Authority’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting project with Trane, the largest stand-alone project of its kind in the state of Georgia, and believed to be the largest of any public assembly venue in the country – is a creative financing solution for capital improvements and an another example of the organization’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Major aspects of the multifaceted $28 million project include replacement of the GWCC’s central heating and cooling plant in Building B with modern, more efficient machinery, replacing the GWCC’s interior, exterior and exhibit hall lighting and upgrading the facility’s various water features.

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Pictured: GWCCA Physical Plant Manager Wayne Rosser led a behind-the-scenes tour of the GWCC’s upgraded central plant in Building B.

The Georgia General Assembly amended the state Constitution in 2010 to allow state agencies – such as the GWCCA – to use Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). The contract with Trane allowed the GWCCA to use future energy and operational savings to finance the infrastructure improvements up front. The pact is guaranteed, meaning that if the specified reduction in energy is not met, then Trane will pay the GWCCA the difference, reducing the project’s risk.

These upgrades are expected to cut the GWCC’s energy costs and reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by 39 percent each year, saving more than $2.5 million in the first year alone.

“Stewardship is a hallmark of the GWCCA,” GWCCA Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Duvall, said Tuesday, addressing the crowd of Trane officials and other partner firms that participated in the EPC project. “This project is yet another reason the GWCCA is the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.”

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