A Mason High School expansion project takes
advantage of energy efficient infrastructure
systems, including an ice storage system and
high performance controls, projected to save the
district more than $55,000 in annual energy
costs. The investment is expected to have a
payback of less than five years, which is
accelerated by a $72,000 energy incentive from
Duke Energy Corporation.
In recognition of building improvements that
optimize the teaching environment and increase
operational efficiency, the Mason City School
District received the Trane Energy Efficiency
Leader in Education Award.
Due to a growing enrollment at Mason City High
School, the district school board initiated an
expansion project that included more common
spaces and forty-nine new classrooms. In
addition to the physical upgrades,
administrators were looking for energy efficient
improvements that would deliver financial and
The building systems selected by the district
were chosen for their ability to create
high-performance classrooms that optimize
student learning, increase faculty retention and
help improve test scores.
Centrifugal chillers were selected for their
reliable, efficient operation. The chillers are
professionally maintained under a scheduled
service agreement. This provides the district
with assurance that all required maintenance is
being performed as scheduled to protect their
The ice storage system stores ice at night and
uses it during daytime hours to cool the
building. This reduces energy costs by shifting
peak cooling loads to off-peak hours when
electricity is less expensive.
An air handling system, with custom units, was
installed. The system ensures even air circulation
throughout the school.
A building automation system provides building
control through a single integrated system to
program and manage climate, lighting, energy
consumption, scheduling and other controllable
features. The system helps to ensure optimum
indoor air quality, reduces energy costs and
The Mason High School expansion project
accommodates larger incoming classes and was
financed without raising taxes. The project is
expected to save the district more than $55,000
in annual energy costs and to pay the
investment back in less than five years
(improving upon the seven-year payback
required by the school district). As a result of
the project, the district also received a $72,000
power company energy incentive.
"In this economy, it’s more important than ever
that we maximize energy efficiency while
creating the best learning and teaching
environment for our students, faculty and staff,"
said Dr. Kevin Bright, superintendent, Mason
City Schools. "We’re pleased that the selected
infrastructure systems will save us money while
aligning with our environmental focus."
About Mason City Schools
The Mason City School District ranks fifth out of more than 600 Ohio
districts for overall academic performance. The district educates over
11,000 students in an early childhood center, two elementary schools,
an intermediate campus, a middle school and a high school. With 186
courses, Mason High School has a national reputation for offering one
of the most extensive learning experiences available.