Alaska Pacific University Announces Partnership for Energy Project - Diversified Communications

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  March 23, 2023

Alaska Pacific University Announces Partnership for Energy Project

Alaska Pacific University (APU) announced a partnership to design and upgrade existing infrastructure at the institution’s Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier to improve its energy efficiency.

APU signed the partnership with Ameresco, Inc., and the majority of the project work will be performed during the summer and fall of 2023.

In partnership with Olgoonik Construction Services, LLC, an Alaska-based Native Corporation, Ameresco will work to install a new boiler, baseboard heaters, convection heaters, and water heaters and retrofit the facilities’ existing 750-gallon water tank with a new 500-gallon water tank. Implemented upgrades will help reduce Thomas Training Center’s energy consumption, as well as advance and improve the facility's wastewater treatment and water conservation efforts.

“The Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier continues to be one of the top athletic training facilities for cross-country skiers in the United States,” said Erik Flora, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center Director & Head Coach, in a statement. “We are thrilled to see the cost savings that the facility improvements will deliver. Our hope is to continue to create an exceptional and comfortable experience for all of our athletes and staff while reducing our energy consumption.”

Construction for this project is expected to be completed in October 2023. Upon completion, Ameresco will have potentially installed the highest boiler by elevation in the state of Alaska.

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