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Department of Facility Services

Engery Updates



                    Brubaker Lighting                                           Hitchcock Lighting


   Brubaker Lighting        Hitchcock Lighting              

Replaced 42-400W Metal Halide and 10-40W            Replaced 72-400W metal halide fixtures with

compact fluorescent with 54-(6) Lamp, 4', 32W,         72-(6) lamp, 4', 54W, T5HO, High-Bay

T8, high bay fluorescents.                                        fluorescents.

Estimated cost decrease per year on 4,392        Estimated savings per year based on 4,392

hours @0.112 cents/kwh=$2800.00.                         hours @0.112 cents/kwh=$3,787.00.  PPL (utility

Added Benefits: meets NCAA light level                 company) rebate applied for - $6,000 rebate

requirements, flexible use of space with                   estimated.

advanced control, eliminates additional fixtures

for emergency lighting - looks more uniform. 

The annual cost savings to increase the lighting

levels by using T8 lamps in lieu of the additional

400W metal halide lamps at 4,392 hours per year

is $2,506.74.



                  Larsen Lighting                                           Library Lighting


   Larsen Lighting     Library Lighting

Added daylight harvesting system that                  Replaced approximately 30-400W metal halide

automatically controls the lights based on the         fixtures with 30-multi lamp compact fluorescent

amount of sunlight that enters the room.                (6 or 8) lamp, 55W and 42W respectively.

Estimated time to pay back the system          Estimated savings per year based on 4,392

is less than three years.                                       hours @0.112 cents/kwh = $6,400.00.

                                                                         Added benefits: instant start with no delay with

                                                                         light coming on, incororates daylight harvesting




                                                      Lottie Lighting


                             Lottie Lighting


   Replaced 156-150W incandescent (halogen) fixtures with 156-42W compact fluorescent. 

   Estimated saving per year based on 5012 hours @ 0.112 cents/kwh=$9,099.00                          

   Added Benefit:  Incorporates daylight harvesting feature, simple dimming control, longer lamp

   life, reduced maintenance costs.  PPL (utility company) rebate applied for - estimated at $1960.00.



            Old Main Rear Entrance                                   Old Main Lobby


   Old Main Rear Entrance Lighting      Old Main Lobby




                           Solar Thermal System, North Complex


  Fly Over of Campus with Solar Thermal Building   North Complex Solar Panels


  • The new heating system will reduce 788 tons of carbon emission each year as compared to the old electric heating system
  • The reduction in carbon emission is equal to planting 3600 trees each year, or taking 130 passenger cars off of the street each year
  • Two 3,000,000 btu/hr high efficiency boilers back up the solar thermal heating system.
  • There are 116 solar thermal panels on top of the three buildings. Each panel has 30 tubes. There are a total of 3,480 solar thermal tubes on the North Complex
  • Messiah’s solar thermal system is the largest in this region. It is the 4th biggest solar thermal system in the country
  • The water that is heated from the solar thermal panels is stored in two 3100 gallon thermal storage tanks that are in an underground concrete vault in front of Hess Residences. The piping for the system holds an additional 1,600 gallons of hot water, for a total storage of 7,800 gallons
  • The college made the decision to pursue a solar thermal heating system back in 2010 when our utility company stopped off peak special electric rates. Some of the infrastructure for the off peak heating with electricity was used with the new solar thermal plant.
  • The college use to pay .03 cents per KWH to heat the North Complex with the old electric boilers. After deregulation, and the loss of special off peak electric rates the cost to heat the buildings went up to .115 cents per KWh. Almost an 380% increase in cost
  • Last year the college spent $142,618.00 just to heat and provide domestic hot water for the North Complex.
  • Last fiscal year the entire electric bill for the campus was over $2,657,000.00. The campus used over 23,000,000 KWh’s of electricity.
  • This amount of electricity use is equal to: 86.4 Railcars of coal, electricity used in 1,978 family homes, the annual gas emission of 3,110 passenger vehicles, 1,778,002 gallons of consumed gasoline, 36,883 barrels of oil consumed.
  • During peak summer performance the solar arrays will produce 5.6 million BTU output per day. This is equal to 1,641 Kilowatts.


                Air Handling units                    with              Recovery Wheel


   Air Handling Units      Recovery Wheel


   Air Handling Units with Recovery Wheels were installed where more than minimum outside air is

   required.  Recovery Wheels reduce outdoor energy cost by 60 to 80%.  Paybacks are faster due

   to energy savings.




       Plate to Plate Heat Exchanger      Variable Frequency Drive

       This Plate to Plate Heat Exchanger saves        Variable Frequency Drives have been

       750KW.  These heat the pool water, domestic       placed on pumps to reduce energy costs.

       water ans also supplies hot water coils to

       eight Air Handling Units



          BTU Boiler             York Latitude Screw Chiller


   Three, two-million, BTU Boilers were               We replaced a water cooled reciprocating unit

   installed for a reduction of 750KW off                and air-cooled unit with a York Latitude Screw

   the electric grid.                                              Chiller to reduce energy costs.



 Recycling Efforts

Messiah College recycles glass, aluminum, plastic (#'s 1-7), paper, cardboard, batteries, cell phones,

electronics and Styrofoam. The Styrofoam recycling was introduced to the campus two years ago.  We

have collection sites throughout campus and within individual offices and residence halls.  We currently

have two cardboard balers on site to create our own bales of cardboard which are then picked up by

our recycling vendor.



                 Densifying Unit


                                                                                       Recycling Center

  Densifyer Unit     Recycling Center




                                                    Recycling Bins


   Recycling Bin     Comingle Recycling Bin



Messiah College partners with other organizations to reduce our waste -


                                   Partnership with Goodwill     


  Goodwill brings in one to two tractor trailers at the ends of semesters for students to bring any

  unwanted items.  This has diverted a lot of trash from the landfills and has helped countless

  numbers of people in need.  We also collect all unwanted food adn donate these food items to a

  local foond bank.



     Used mattresses go to local charities      Used furniture to help charities


   Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Catholic Charities USA, Mission Central and The Recylcling

   Network accept donations of mattresses and furniture from the college.  These are items that are

   no longer used by the college.  This partnership again keeps these items out of landfills and helps

   those less fortunate.


   On Campus Composting


  Messiah College started processing yard waste into compost in 2006.  It is used in our flower beds,  

  on the athletic fields and at Orchard Hill in the yard and landscape.


   Yard Waste Compost      Flower Bed using Compost



  Woodchip Process on Campus


  Messiah started it's own woodchipping process in 1997.  Once a year all the downed trees, skids, tree

  branches and brush are chopped into woodchips.  This provides 200+ cubic yards of woodchips each

  year.  The woodchips are used in the natural areas, the fitness trail and walkways through campus.


  Chopping discarded wood into woodchips      Walkway on campus


  Pervious Asphalt


   Construction of the pervious asphalt visitor's parking lot -


   Pervious Asphalt Construction      Pervious Asphalt Drainage



   Pervious Asphalt Fill      Pervious Asphalt Parking Lot


   Pervious Asphalt helps control storm water management.  There are 13 foot rock beds under the

   pervious asphalt in the visitor's parking lot and the parking lot at Orchard Hill.


  Storm Water Run-Off Correction


  The college had a problem with storm water run-off in a ravine on campus  Work was done to correct

  this problem which included new drainage for that area.


     Storm damage before drainage work was done     New drainage system

            Storm damage before correction                          Storm drainage after correction