ABM to Reduce Franklin City Public Schools’ Energy and Operating Expenses by over $1.8 Million

Friday, February 21, 2014

ABM (NYSE:ABM)a leading provider of facility solutions, announced its ABM Building Services business has been selected by the Franklin City, VA Public Schools to implement a district-wide energy and facility improvement project through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program. The project is expected to improve the district’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality, comfort and lighting conditions to improve the overall learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. In addition to improved facility conditions, Franklin City Public Schools is expected to save more than $1.8 million in energy and operating costs over the next 15 years.

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, allowing savings to be reallocated to fund mission critical facility needs.

"We are very excited about the improvements that will be made in our schools. In addition to increasing operating efficiency, the project will enhance the overall learning environments for our students and staff," said Dr. Michelle R. Belle, Superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools. "ABM Building Services has helped us find a feasible way to make facility and equipment upgrades without burdening our general budget. The money we will save in utility and maintenance costs will be utilized to fund the much-needed improvements within our facilities."

Energy and facility upgrades to be made throughout Franklin City’s three schools include: installing new high-efficiency LED lights and occupancy control devices, reducing the amount of energy wasted by inefficient lighting; replacing and retro commissioning heating and cooling equipment with state-of-the-art systems, providing more fresh air to the schools and improving humidity control; replacing out of commission kitchen equipment; and upgrading building automation controls, allowing for more convenient operation and better management of energy used.

"School systems are under some of the greatest pressure we have seen in our lifetime," said Scott Giacobbe, President of ABM Building & Energy Solutions. "While tax bases and resources are shrinking fast, student performance expectations are at an all-time high. The solutions developed in partnership with Franklin City Public Schools will revitalize the schools infrastructure, reduce costs, and are funded within the client’s current operating budget. We are proud to be a partner with Franklin City Public Schools and to be a part of this long term solution."  



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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