Fort Smallwood Facilities Directorate


The Fort Smallwood Facilities Directorate is one of 12 administrative buildings in the Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) District located in Maryland. The district implemented a number of energy conservation measures (ECMs) including lighting upgrades, energy management equipment, and water-efficient fixtures. The project achieved an annual energy savings of 18 percent and annual cost savings of over $33,000.


Anne Arundel County Public Schools is the fifth-largest public-school district in Maryland with 125 schools, serving a student population of 82,000 and a building portfolio of 13.8 million square feet. 



The measures installed in the facility included a conversion to T-8 lighting and occupancy sensors, in addition to computer power management equipment, advanced power strips, and upgraded water efficiency fixtures.


Below is a list of the various savings measures, costs incurred and estimated savings expected upon the project’s conclusion.

Savings Measure


Savings Achieved


T-8 lighting retrofit and occupancy sensors throughout the building

$110, 219

Over $88,000 in utility rebates and approx. 8% annual savings on energy bills

Project completed summer 2013. Annual simple payback was just over 1 year.

Water efficiency fixtures in men’s bathroom



Average monthly savings of $30 (17%)

Includes sinks, faucets, flush-valves, associated parts (materials and labor). Project completed winter of 2015-16.

Computer power management and use of advanced power strips

Initial cost is approx. $2,000

Completion is expected in early spring, 2018. Savings of $1400 are expected after 3-6 months, resulting in simple payback calculation of 1.4 years.

A computer power management and advanced power strips project is being proposed for Facilities complex. The building will need 120 power strips, 1 per computer.



In addition to the ECMs, the district also installed a 1.4 MW ground-mounted solar farm consisting of nearly 4,000 panels which was funded as part of a district power purchase agreement at zero cost to the district. AACPS will purchase the generated electricity at a discounted rate of $0.055 per kWh. The system is expected to produce almost 2,000 MWh of electricity, returning a savings of nearly $1.8 million over the 20-year life of the agreement.


A 2016 report identified Anne Arundel County as one of the top five Maryland counties with the most potential for benefit from a solar project – including the creation of more than 100 jobs and cost savings of approximately $1 million over a 30-year period.


Annual Energy Use

(Source EUI)
Baseline (2014)
179 kBtu/sq. ft.
Actual (2017)
147 kBtu/sq.ft.

Energy Savings:


Annual Energy Cost

Baseline (2014)
Actual (2017)

Cost Savings:


Sector Type



Pasadena, Maryland

Project Size

42,490 Square Feet

Financial Overview

Project Cost: $117,200

Fort Smallwood Solar Array
Fort Smallwood Solar Array

Fort Smallwood Facilities Building
Fort Smallwood Facilities Building

Fort Smallwood Solar Rendering
Fort Smallwood Solar Rendering