Shelby Public Schools

The district took advantage of Trane’s anticipation discount program which helped Shelby’s dollars go farther.

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 buildings.


Like many school districts, Shelby Public Schools faced a shortage of capital funds. However, the objectives of the project were:

  • 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


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.

About Shelby Public Schools

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.