Front of Poudre High School
Front of Poudre High School

Showcase Project: Poudre High School Infrastructure Replacement

Sector Type



Fort Collins, Fort Collins

Project Size

277,000 Square Feet

Financial Overview

Project Cost $8,104,000

Annual Energy Use

(Source EUI)
Baseline (2011)
111 kBtu/sq. ft.
Actual (2014)
83 kBtu/sq. ft.

Energy Savings:


Annual Energy Cost

Baseline (2011)
Actual (2014)

Cost Savings:


Through the renovation and revitalization of Poudre High School, an 1,800 student facility, Poudre School District achieved a 26% reduction in annual energy consumption.


In 2010, Poudre School District established a voter-approved building fund to conduct more than 850 projects totaling more than $120 million. Poudre High School is one of the facilities selected by the District to undergo an energy and life cycle activity analysis in addition to a building envelope assessment.


The project at Poudre High School seeks to maintain and upgrade the school facilities, including roof replacements, updates to systems, plumbing, fire protection, and heating and ventilation systems, and improvements school grounds to extend the useful life of facilities.


Poudre School District plans to implement the following energy efficiency initiatives at Poudre High School:

  • Install new energy-efficient dishwasher, booster and steamer models: Cost $48,000
  • Remove single paned windows and potential asbestos caulking surrounding frames and replace with double paned counterparts with aluminum frames and thermal breaks: Cost $335,000
  • Replace HID lighting fixtures in large gymnasium and weight room with energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures: Cost $54,000
  • Install new electrical panel and transformer: Cost $125,000
  • Replace aging boiler with energy-efficient model: Cost $28,000
  • Install new HVAC system and system controls: Cost $4,796,000
  • Replace heating water pumps and domestic water heater with energy-efficient models: Cost $66,000

Renovations Map 2012

Other Benefits

Poudre High School currently maintains an ENERGY STAR rating of 75. At the conclusion of the renovation process, the District expects to achieve a rating of 90 or higher.