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South San Francisco USD Celebrates New, High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at El Camino High School

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South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. The makeover taking place on the athletic field is just one key part of a comprehensive, district-wide program enhancing the District’s sustainability profile as well as linking technical facility upgrades to STEM initiatives across grade levels. A large crowd including District Leadership, local elected officials, 25 student athletes representing a wide array of El Camino sports teams, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses.

Through a long-term project with OpTerra Energy Services, based in Oakland with a local workforce of engineers serving the Bay Area, the initiative will save the District over $2 Million for the General Fund and create over 30 construction jobs for the skilled local workforce.

Brightening the Night for Student Athletes

After years of collaboration that brought the development of solar installations and a STEM Institute to the District, SSFUSD and OpTerra are now entering a new chapter of project to deliver additional solar capacity, interior/exterior LED lighting retrofits, and the installation of the brand new LED stadium lighting at El Camino High School’s ‘Colts Field.’

The installation of 96 brand new LED stadium lights at the El Camino High School athletic field is a central feature to supporting an enriched student and fan experience at SSFUSD in 2017. The El Camino Colts have never had permanent field lighting for any athletic events over the past 50 years, relying on use of other District facilities for night games and single-use, low-efficiency rental lights.

Not only will the Colts’ new LEDs be the most energy efficient lighting available, the directed light they cast provides razor-sharp definition to ensure clear visibility on the field and in the stands.

South San Francisco’s self-described “Friday Night Lights” effort will achieve great things for more than 1,400 students at El Camino High School, including:

  • Allowing El Camino student-athletes to compete later in the evening, when their parents, teachers, and community members can attend home games
  • Creating a safe environment for evening sporting events and special community events such as graduation
  • Reducing early class dismissals for student athletes

As Assistant Athletic Director Eric Jacobson enthusiastically shared with the community, “This is a dream come true for so many Colts who ever played on that field from 1961-2016. Thank you to all those who have brought lights to the beautiful Colts Field.”

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Bright Outlook: Martinsville Fires Up New Lighting System

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Let there be lights … at Martinsville.

The oldest track on the NASCAR circuit displayed its newest measure of modernization Wednesday evening by flicking on the LED lighting system installed over the offseason.

Yes, Martinsville social media manager, she most definitely looks swell.

The 2017 season marks the 0.526-mile track’s 70th anniversary. At the initial announcement in October, the track indicated the project will use an estimated 750 lights mounted from both inside and outside the track.

The lights provide a measure of insurance on those rainy days in Virginia. And while no formal night races for NASCAR’s three national series have been announced, drivers were asked about the prospect of such an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour this week.

“Martinsville night races? Sweet,” Joey Logano said when asked about that prospect. “Short track night races are tough to beat.”

See the story here.

Detroit Lions Director of Facilities Named 2017 Facility Executive of the Year

Congrats to our member, the Detroit Lions, for this outstanding accomplishment!

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Facility Executive magazine has announced that Fred Reddig, director of facilities for Ford Field, the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions football team, has been selected as the magazine’s 2017 Facility Executive of the Year.

Now in its 15th year, this award recognizes an individual for outstanding performance in their work on particular projects as well as for the broader impact they are making for their organizations. Reddig and his recent work that is focused on sustainability and improved operations will be profiled in the February 2017 issue of Facility Executive.

“This award shines the spotlight on an outstanding member of the fast-paced, evolving facility management profession,” says Anne Cosgrove, Facility Executive Editor-in-Chief. “It is our honor to share the accomplishments of Fred Reddig with other members of the facility management profession. Since 2015, several projects headed by Fred have resulted in a nearly 20% reduction in electricity use at Ford Field. The upcoming article examines Fred’s approach to these projects that have helped to deliver the significant energy reductions.”

Working at Ford Field since 2014, Reddig’s projects at the stadium include LED lighting installations around the Detroit Lions playing field, throughout concourses, and in parking lots. Improvements to cooling towers and the chiller plant have contributed to two million gallons of water saved in 2016. And rather than replace the domed roof atop Ford Field, in 2016 Reddig decided to perform a restoration, preventing existing roof materials from going to landfill.

Read the full press release here.

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