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St. Clairsville School District

JULY 23, 2020Plug Smart collaborated with St. Clairsville-Richland City School District to upgrade its high school and connector buildings, helping the district take advantage of exclusive State of Ohio energy-efficiency grants, resolve comfort complaints, and establish future energy savings.

 

As the first partnership between Plug Smart and the district, this project addressed issues caused by aging infrastructure, increased maintenance costs, inconsistent temperatures throughout the facilities, and outdated light fixtures and controls. In response, Plug Smart's solutions-driven...

Matt Mahoney Joins Plug Smart

MAY 18, 2020Plug Smart, an energy services design-build firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, welcomes Matt Mahoney as its Western Pennsylvania-based Senior Project Developer.

A native Pittsburgher and graduate of Penn State’s Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Master’s program, Mahoney brings a passion for advanced energy solutions and knowledge of Pennsylvania’s energy savings programs, particularly Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE...

Most Energy Savings Achieved 

MARCH 11, 2020Plug Smart has been designated by AEP-Ohio as a top solutions provider for the third year in a row, by earning Most Energy Savings Achieved in 2019. The recognition comes as a result of an extended partnership between Plug Smart and the state’s largest electricity utility provider, even as state requirements surrounding rebate programs are removed.

 

The 2019 energy savings award was partially based on the volume of kilowatt-hours clients saved as a result of Plug Smart’s efforts. Consistently delivering energy savings, the company's solutions...

EAST KNOX SCHOOL DISTRICT

FEBRUARY 27, 2020Ohio-based energy service provider, Plug Smart has partnered with East Knox Local School District to improve existing facilities at the elementary school so when the new high school opens, all students in the district will have an improved learning environment.

 

The partnership between East Knox Local School District and the energy-solutions company started in 2016 with a project to upgrade lighting in a handful of classrooms to LED. In 2018, it grew when...

ENTRIQ SOLUTIONS MERGER

JANUARY 9, 2020- Entriq Solutions, LLC, located in Miamisburg, OH, is pleased to announce their merger with Plug Smart, an energy services design-build firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Both firms have experienced significant growth the past several years, and this merger allows the companies to unite their talent and experience needed to continue to bring creative energy solutions that their customers have come to expect.

“We’ve crossed paths with Plug Smart several times over the years in partnership....

KETTERING TOWER

AUGUST 4, 2019- Dayton’s tallest building, Kettering Tower, is the home of Dayton’s first PACE project. The high-rise office building was built in 1970, stands 30 floors tall, and has over 500,000 square feet. 

Since a PACE project had never been done in Dayton, a lot of program development was required to facilitate the project’s financing. Kettering Tower was a great fit to be the program’s pioneer since the building needed infrastructure improvements as well as improvements in its ability to manage energy on its major systems...

HOWLAND SCHOOLS

JULY 3, 2019- Plug Smart collaborated with Howland Local School District to implement energy solutions, including a new atomic clock, energy efficient air conditioning and LED lighting.

As improvements were implemented earlier this year, including the repair of a decades-stopped clock in the tower of Howland's high school, a class-wide contest was held where students proposed answers to the question, "What made the clock stop?" Topics varied from lightning strikes to aliens, global warming and a solar eclipse, just to name a few...

LORDSTOWN SCHOOLS

MAY 14, 2019- Plug Smart Works With Lordstown Schools to Replace Major Building Systems Without Tapping Into Taxpayer Funds

At the April 24 board meeting, the Lordstown Local School District Board approved a proposal to implement required improvements to major building systems at their schools with Ohio-based energy services company Plug Smart.

The improvement package will address several long-term needs...

STOW-MUNROE FALLS SCHOOLS

APRIL 19, 2019- During the summer and fall of 2018, Northeast Ohio experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record. Several local school districts struggled to keep schools properly cooled and were forced to shut their doors, due to antiquated buildings in need of HVAC systems repair or replacement.

The shutdowns were costly – both in terms of unforeseen expenses and students’ time away from the classroom...

SCHOOLS- ISSUES & SOLUTIONS

DECEMBER 28, 2018- Ohio-based Plug Smart, one of the state’s leading energy services firms, worked closely with Ohio school districts in 2018 to offer unique solutions to the most pressing needs related to challenges with air conditioning, safety and security and operational expenses.

Plug Smart partners with Ohio school districts to provide innovative solutions to biggest issues in AC, Security, and Operational Expenses.

CITY OF WORTHINGTON

AUGUST 2, 2018- The City of Worthington, Ohio is joining with Plug Smart, an Ohio-based energy services company, to activate a local commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program that will enable the city’s commercial building owners to maximize improvements and modernize local buildings. PACE is a flexible financing mechanism for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with no capital outlay..

CASCADE PLAZA

JANUARY 13, 2018- Sometime this spring, a gaping hole will appear in the top floor of the PNC Building where a row of windows now looks 300 feet down on Cascade Plaza. From the corner of Main and Bowery streets, a crane 10 feet taller than the building — the second tallest in Akron — will swing over and grab a 25,000-pound hunk of machinery. It hasn’t moved since the skyscraper went up in 1968. But it’ll go all the way down to the ground...

pnc plaza

JUNE 1, 2016- The 23-story PNC Bank Building is a 388,000 square foot high rise located in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is beginning an extensive $2.8 million renovation project. One of the big factors in making the project possible is an innovative financing solution called the PACE Program that uses energy conservation savings to help fund facility improvements. The PACE Program was introduced to building managers by one of Ohio's leading energy services firms, Plug Smart...

CASE STUDIES

COLUMBUS COUNTRY CLUB

Columbus Country Club (CCC), located just east of downtown Columbus offers members golf, tennis, pickleball, athletic and leisure pools, and a newly renovated clubhouse. The champion golf course is one of the best in Central Ohio, once hosting the PGA Championship tournament and recently awarded the elite Distinguished Club award by The BoardRoom magazine in 2020.

With a focus on improving control of the club’s building automation system, the Columbus Country Club sought to make capital improvements to...

gahanna christian academy

Gahanna Christian Academy (GCA) is a private PreK-8th grade school in
Gahanna, Ohio whose culture, goals, instruction and expectations are
grounded in developing disciples of Christ. Since 1987, they have served
hundreds of students each year.

Due to their aging facilities and inefficient systems, GCA struggled to control the temperature of their building. They needed to add a comprehensive controls system over their thermostats to manage
their occupancy schedules. Their boiler was original to the building...

robert hill COMMUNITY BUILDING

The Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center (RSHCC) provides the City
of Middletown with a safe and fun environment to engage in recreational
and athletic activities and stay connected with the community at large. Built in 1925, it is a fixture in the community and one of the oldest and
most recognizable facilities in the area.

The City wanted to improve control over their mechanical systems, update their 30-year-old roof, and add enhanced lighting to improve their parking lot safety. Due to the building’s age and outdated facilities, they were...

BLUE WATER YMCA

The Blue Water YMCA in Port Huron, MI is dedicated to ensuring every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive. The 62,000 square-foot facility houses an oversized gym, several pools and fitness studios, and other recreational spaces.

Blue Water YMCA’s Energy Utilization Index (EUI) was approximately 55% higher than its peer group, costing them an estimated $1.3 million in additional utility bills over the next 20 years. Blue Water YMCA did not...

EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN academy

Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is a private K-12 school in Springfield, Ohio that emphasizes a Biblical worldview. Their 75,000+ sq ft school, built in 2001, serves roughly 300 students each year.

ECA’s annual utility and operations expenses had been slowly increasing
over time due to the age of some of their legacy facility systems requiring more energy to operate and personnel to maintain. The school had also planned to upgrade and modernize their building to attract additional...

BROOKSIDE Golf & COUNTRY CLUB

Founded in 1927, the Brookside Golf and Country Club (Brookside GCC)
strives to provide their members and their guests with a premier experience. Their facilities offer tennis, dining, social programs and exceptional golf. In 2020, they were awarded the elite Distinguished Club award by The BoardRoom magazine in 2020.

Due to the aging facilities at the club, the Brookside GCC management team was having to repair and maintain HVAC systems within their buildings more frequently. The club had outdated and inefficient light..

SCIOTO CORPORATE CENTER

The Scioto Corporate Center houses over 57,000 square feet and was built in 1986. This building is multi-tenant, owner occupied.

The client had over 850 inefficient, mostly linear fluorescent lighting
fixtures. The boiler plant was inoperable due to a failed pilot valve, and it also had an innate lack of redundancy due to poor design. The controls systems were disparate and didn’t intercommunicate.

THE HAYDEN

The historic downtown building The Hayden is the oldest building in Capitol Square. The two-building complex houses over 100,000 square feet and features unique architectural features. Michael Tomko, President of The Tomko Company, bought the building to preserve and revitalize a piece of Columbus history. 

The building was completed in 1869 and had been vacant for ten years before being purchased by Tomko. Tomko wanted to remove build-outs...

findlay city schools

Findlay City Schools has five elementary schools, three intermediate schools, two middle schools, one high school and one career center and recently completed a successful HB264 and HB153 energy project with Plug Smart. 

The district had significant needs to replace many aspects of their facilities including roofs, asphalt work, HVAC, venting and control upgrades, repairs to a loading dock, new gymnasium flooring, bleachers, lockers, security cameras, door access protection, and windows and air conditioning for...

heideLBERG UNIVERSITY

Heidelberg University is a private, non-profit institution established in Tiffin, Ohio in 1850. Heidelberg enrolls over 1,300 students annually. The 110-acre campus houses 1,110 students in seven residence halls.

Miller Hall Dormitory and the attached Hoernemann Refectory had a much higher Energy Utilization Index (EUI) rating then other buildings on campus. The buildings, which encompass 66,460 sq. ft., were both served by an end-of-life non-condensing hot water boiler. To keep the building fully operational, equipment replacements needed to be addressed...

london city schools

Located in central Ohio, the London City School District includes the City of London and the Townships of Deer Creek, Somerford, and portions of Union Township. All buildings for the London City School District are housed on one campus, serving a student population of over 2100 students within three schools.

LCS was severely under-performing comparable school districts in its energy consumption (bottom 10%). The high school and elementary buildings are connected buildings and therefore are not metered...

NEW ALBANY-PLAIN LOCAL

The district had several boiler plants that were coming to the end of their useful lives. All of the schools were built at the same time, so the boilers were going to wear out at the same time. They did not have the maintenance capital budget to replace them all at once, and were going to implement a planned obsolescence program to spread out the cost and replace the boiler plants at different times.

Plug Smart showed New Albany-Plain Local Schools that they could replace two of their boiler plants at the same time with the energy savings..