ABM Building Solutions to Lower Harris County Schools’ Costs by Over $10M

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ABM (NYSE:ABM), a leading provider of facility solutions, announced its ABM Building Solutions business has been selected by the Harris County, GA Public School District to implement district-wide energy and facility improvements through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program. The customized solution was designed by ABM to improve the schools’ learning environments through energy-efficient lighting, improved indoor air quality, energy management control systems and water conservation. As a result of the improvements, Harris County is expected to save more than $10 million in energy and operating costs over a 20-year period.


ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions Program is designed as a financial solution to meet clients’ technical facility needs and sustainability goals. For ABM, the goal is to drive costs out of a client’s operating budget to allow savings to be reallocated to fund mission critical facility needs.


The project is expected to reduce the school’s utility costs by 36% annually. In addition, the project has no incremental capital cost and does not require additional tax burden on the community or programmatic cuts for the school. The improvements are 100% funded through the existing operating budget and the results are guaranteed.


“Harris County Schools, like many school districts across this country, are struggling to maintain high quality instructional programs and facilities in the face of unprecedented financial challenges," said Craig Dowling, Superintendent of Harris County School District. "The program ABM tailored for us allowed us to make significant upgrades to our facilities without adding any additional burden to an already tight budget. It truly could not have come at a better time.”


Energy and facility improvements will be made to each of Harris County’s seven elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as three administrative buildings. Upgrades include: replacing over 70 pieces of heating and cooling equipment with state-of-the-art systems; installing thousands of new high-efficiency LED lights and 700 occupancy control devices; retrofitting over 300 water consuming devices, such as toilets, urinals, and sinks, conserving the amount of water consumed; and implementing an energy management control system.


"We are excited to provide additional solutions to an existing ABM client. Southern Management, an ABM company focused on K-12 schools, has been providing custodial services to the Harris County School District for years, so when we learned Harris County needed to improve its infrastructure without increasing its budget, we were able to offer them a solution,”  said Scott Giacobbe, President of ABM Building & Energy Solutions. "Through our Bundled Energy Solutions Program, the district will benefit from comprehensive energy efficiency improvements with guaranteed savings. They can be assured that their facilities will be more efficient, comfortable, and sustainable."




ABM (NYSE: ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues exceeding $4 billion and 100,000 employees in over 350 offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions.  ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes — from schools and hospitals to the largest and most complex facilities, such as manufacturing plants and major airports.  ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909.  For more information, visit www.abm.com.  


About ABM BUILDING Solutions


ABM Building Solutions (union) and ABM Building Services (non-union) are operating units of ABM focused on optimizing buildings by providing cost effective energy-efficient solutions as well as mechanical service to educational institutions, municipalities, commercial office buildings, hospitals, data centers, and industrial facilities. Service and solution offerings include building design, equipment retrofits and replacements, commissioning and re-commissioning, proactive and preventive maintenance, controls, energy audits, measurement and verification, and energy management. Located in most major metropolitan cities across the U.S., ABM Building Solutions and ABM Building Services are premier providers of comprehensive sustainability and green solutions designed to help clients attain LEED and ENERGY STAR certification, lower energy usage and utility bills, and reduce carbon emissions.

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