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Si View finishes utility system upgrades

The Si View Metropolitan Park District in North Bend has completed a $500,000 project to replace or upgrade various mechanical, electrical, lighting and control systems at Si View Community Center. The work was completed by the Seattle office of TAC Energy Solutions, a division of TAC, a world leader in building automation, security systems and energy solutions. The park district also received a guarantee from TAC that the facility improvements will provide more than $26,000 in savings annually in utility, operating and repair costs.

"The park and its facilities are very important assets to our community," said Jessi Richardson, park district director. "Unfortunately, the aging community center began to experience equipment failures and infrastructure problems indicating that the facility required an upgraded HVAC system, as well as updated lighting and electrical systems. Because the park district has limited resources, we called on TAC Energy Solutions to provide a remedy."

The Si View Community Center, park and pool is located in North Bend on a 10.7-acre site. The park contains baseball and soccer fields, two tennis courts and a children's playground. A historic log building built in 1938 serves as a community center and houses a gymnasium with a basketball court, classrooms and an indoor swimming pool.

The community center now has a new, efficient mechanical infrastructure that reduces maintenance costs, increases reliability and improves comfort and safety, while also providing overall energy savings. A simple but effective direct digital control (DDC) system allows for more efficient management and monitoring of building systems.

"We analyzed a variety of potential energy conservation measures (ECMs), along with deferred maintenance," said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. "The combination of these ECMs [that were chosen] meets the economic payback criteria set forth by the state of Washington for its energy performance contracting program, as well as the critical infrastructure needs of the Si View Community Center and pool."

The specific projects completed in the eight-month time period include new HVAC and control systems in the park's administration building, community center, gymnasium, swimming pool and lockers, where one system now serves the pool area and another serves the office/locker room area. The interior and exterior lighting systems were upgraded to include emergency and exit lights, and the community center has updated electrical wiring and outlets. Energy efficiency was enhanced by installing insulation in the gymnasium walls and in the ceiling of the community center.

In addition, TAC estimates that the reduction in energy usage at Si View will have a positive impact on the environment, leading to a decrease in emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide of 112,375 pounds per year. This is equivalent to removing 7.5 cars from the road or planting 15 acres of trees annually. The project also reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides by more than 1.5 pounds each per year.

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