Shelby Public Schools, about 70 miles north of Grand
Rapids, Michigan, initiated a capital improvement project
to improve the comfort, security and IAQ in the district’s
Like many school districts, Shelby Public Schools faced a
shortage of capital funds. However, the objectives of the
- Increase fresh air ventilation in accordance with
ASHRAE Standard 62
- Improve building temperature and scheduling control
- Reduce utility bills through energy conservation
- Reduce operating and maintenance costs while helping
the maintenance staff become more productive.
After considering working with an ESCO (energy services
company) Shelby Public Schools asked Trane to manage
the project. By working with Trane, the district took
advantage of Trane’s Anticipation Discount Program
which helped Shelby’s dollars go farther. In addition to
new HVAC equipment, Trane installed a Tracer Summit™
building management system and DDC controls to
improve building control. Trane also managed the
installation of computer room equipment,
energy-efficient lighting, insulated roofs,
windows, and dropped ceilings.
“We are getting a decent bang for our buck,”
says Gary Stark, director of facilities.
Dana McGrew, Shelby Public Schools
superintendent, adds, “The air is cleaner and
the environment is fresher. There is also no
doubt in my mind that the new controls and
mechanical systems are saving us money.”
Shelby Public Schools have noticed a marked
improvement in indoor air quality (IAQ).
Overall, there is less illness. In fact, the Shelby
Public Schools are heating more air coming
through the building but their boiler is running
less, thanks to the energy saving features of
the Trane systems.
McGrew says Trane makes good products,
“But the way that Trane manages the project
is the real advantage. And if there is a problem,
call Trane—they will resolve it.”
From integrated comfort systems to systems
management and climate controls, Trane
ensures that your building environment is right
so you can run your business better.
Shelby Public Schools is a K-12 school district with seven schools: Shelby High School, Oceana High
School, Shelby Middle School, Benona Elementary, Ferry Elementary, New Era Elementary, Thomas
Read Elementary and additionally the Early Childhood Center.