Parkway School District: Parkway West High School


Parkway West High School is one of five high schools within the Parkway School District and has a student population of approximately 1,260. The school conducted a retro-commissioning study due to its low building energy performance and occupant discomfort that produced suggested performance and indoor quality upgrades. After building improvements, the project achieved an annual energy savings of 27 percent and an annual cost savings of $98,600.

The district portfolio includes 28 K-12 schools and serves approximately 17,300 students within the western suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.  The district has two dedicated early-childhood education facilities and four additional support buildings. Parkway West High School was constructed in 1967, comprising 317,000 square feet of space that includes three gymnasiums, a swimming pool, an auditorium, cooking facilities, and outdoor athletic fields.

The school's last major HVAC upgrade was completed in 1999 using an energy savings performance contract.


The district worked with the school to select a vendor, conduct a detailed retro-commissioning study, apply for utility incentives, and implement adjustments to the building’s air handling units, water valves, and controls. 

Below is a chart of a number of the implemented measures along with associated costs and annual energy savings achieved.


Savings Measure


Savings Achieved


Supply air temperature reset control (from 50F to 55F-60F)$12,886162,460 kWhResetting air handling unit discharge air temperatures upward when conditions allow, reduces cooling and reheat energy required

Duct static reset

(4 fans, 4,627kWh each; decrease static pressure 0.5", flow by 25%, HP by 1.83)

$1,92018,508 kWhAdjust static pressure of variable air volume boxes (VAV) based on air flow across zones
Economizer optimization (4 air handling units, 3 rooftop units)$13,170117,290 kWhIncrease outside air into the air handling unit when enthalpy is lower than return air enthalpy
CO2 controls 2 air handling units; 1 rooftop unit$8,03968,267 kWhBalance minimum outside air set points with required ventilation
3-way chilled water valves, balancing of chilled water system$29,59258,796 kWhImprove valve functioning to enable variable flow drives (VFDs) on the pumps to meet system pressure set points
Hot water control balancing$4,84119,648 kWhReplace differential pressure sensor to adjust system flow, thereby reducing pump speed

Other Benefits

Parkway secured a utility rebate totaling $39,200, reducing the overall project cost to the district by 30 percent. In addition, the district implemented a number of HVAC maintenance improvements such as removing inlet guide vanes and installing new inverter duty motors and associated VFDs, among other measures. These measures are expected to improve the overall performance of the building and increase comfort while yielding a small amount of energy savings.

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Entrance to Parkway West High School

Entrance to Parkway West High School