Columbia Basin College has long taken pride in its facilities, as providing up-to-date equipment and infrastructure is core to achieving their mission.

Since 2009, Schneider Electric has been a key partner in helping the energy-conscious school significantly improve its facilities, decrease energy costs, and optimize the consumption of resources.

What’s changing through the latest project?

Through two completed projects, and an exciting third phase underway, Columbia Basin College’s three-phased, $9.5 million initiative spans over 20 facilities and incorporates a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to enhance classroom and building comfort, while reducing energy consumption through:
  • Lighting retrofits and occupancy controls
  • Intelligent building automation system
  • Animated sign replacement
  • Photovoltaic solar array installation and integration with energy metering system
  • HVAC replacements and upgrades
  • Heating system decentralization
  • Chiller plant optimization
  • Campus-wide energy metering system and monitoring-based commissioning
  • Underground piping replacement

Check out Schneider Electric's updates to the campus.

What buildings are included?

Ag Resource
Ag Technology Center
Center for Careers & Technical Education
Central Systems
CH2M Hill Technology Center
Grounds Maintenance
Industrial Complex
Kartchner Agriculture Technology Building

Lee R. Thornton Center & WISE
Performing Arts
Student Services (HUB)
Utility Building
Vocational Building

Check out the updates to Columbia Basin College to learn more about the project details and infrastructure enhancement managed by Schneider Electric.

How much does it cost and how much will Columbia Basin College save?

The $9.5-million energy initiative is being funded with an energy savings performance contract. By managing and optimizing energy use, higher education institutions can leverage energy and operational savings to support strategic educational objectives.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy efficient schools can lower their annual operating costs by up to 30 percent. As increasing energy costs continue to consume annual operating budgets, cash-strapped schools have found improving the performance of their schools facilities an innovative way to free up funds to help pay for building improvements and other upgrades that enhance the learning environment.

Additionally, using a $750,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, Schneider Electric will install a photovoltaic solar array on the roof of Columbia Basin College’s business building which will contribute to the institution’s annual energy and operational cost savings of more than $224,000 annually. That savings will initially be dedicated to paying off the cost of the improvements. Additionally, by replacing aging infrastructure, Columbia Basin College will reduce its deferred maintenance backlog across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems for decades to come.

In addition to energy cost savings, the project will generate environmental savings equivalent to planiting 360,801 trees, removing 1,836 cars from the road or powering 1,164 homes.

Schneider Electric, with offices in Spokane, Seattle, and Battle Ground, has become an integral part of Columbia Basin College’s organization and provides the professional services and support needed to excel in energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Columbia Basin College Mission
“CBC upholds an environment of diversity, fairness, equity, and sustainability, providing opportunities for the people of Benton and Franklin counties to succeed in their pursuit of higher educational achievement, meaningful employment, and basic skills development, while promoting cultural enrichment and well-being for its community.”