Efficiency, Scientific, and Sustainability Improvements for Fayetteville State University

The 2017-2018 academic year saw Fayetteville State University celebrating its 150th anniversary!  Founded in 1867, FSU is the second oldest university in the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, and is consistently ranked one of the best educational values in the nation. FSU offers its more than 6,000 students 60 degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. FSU students study at the main campus in Fayetteville as well as campuses at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson AFB.

Res Non Verba—Deeds Not Words—is FSU’s guiding motto. The university administration, faculty, and staff do all they can to live this out through their focus on outstanding education, civic service, and social responsibility. They also encourage their students to live this motto by inspiring them to set high expectations for themselves in their educational, personal, and community lives. FSU is proud of their students, who spend more than 50,000 hours each year helping local organizations such as public schools, youth clubs, and medical facilities. The impact on students and the community is invaluable.

One of the university’s social responsibility initiatives is an aggressive campus-wide sustainability program in which students, faculty, and staff all play important roles. One program priority is the continuous improvement in the university’s energy and water use efficiency. In 2011, the university developed an improvement plan for upgrading their physical facilities to address deteriorating and inefficient mechanical equipment and control systems. In addition to providing improved inside environments for students and staff, a key focus of the plan was to extend the school’s previously-achieved 30% reduction in energy use to 40% or more.

The university used the State procurement process to solicit proposals from qualified firms. The project was awarded to Brady based on their proven technical expertise and success designing and completing large, comprehensive projects such as the FSU project. The biggest challenge FSU and Brady faced was designing a project that would provide enough energy savings to cover the costs of the improvements.

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