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City facilities receive lighting, HVAC improvements

May 28, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington’s city-owned facilities are undergoing several improvements as part of energy-savings and technology upgrade plans.

The city has entered phase three of a plan with Honeywell Inc. to install new LED lighting and HVAC systems at 14 city buildings.

A nonexclusive franchise agreement with Comcast will also see improvements to the city’s video broadcasting system, which is used to record city council meetings.

Honeywell announced earlier this month it was ready to begin the third phase of a 15-year energy savings contract with city, which will save approximately $4.8 million in total operating costs during its lifetime. The company is installing LED lighting technology and occupancy sensors across portions of city facilities to automatically control the lighting. HVAC system improvements, and a control system upgrade will also be made at City Hall.

Making the upgrades is estimated to save approximately $112,000 in annual energy and operational savings.

The current project will cover 14 buildings, including City Hall, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, the Huntington Police Department, the A.D. Lewis Community Center, the Fairfield East Community Center, Safety Town, Centennial Fire Station No. 1, Guyandotte Fire Station No. 5, Westmoreland Fire Station No. 8, University Fire Station No. 2, John W. Gallagher Fire Station No. 10, St. Cloud Fire Station No. 4 and the Public Works Department’s Traffic Building. This phase of the contract is expected to be completed in September.

“The upgrades and improvements we’re working on with Honeywell will improve lighting in most of our buildings and help reduce operational costs and energy consumption citywide,” said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams in a news release. “We’re encouraged that work under the third phase of the project will again be supported by expected energy and operational savings. This limits taxpayer costs and the need for upfront capital investment.”

The first and second phases involved facility upgrades including, lighting retrofitting, mechanical and controls improvements, water conservation systems, traffic signal

retrofitting and other building repairs.

As part of the city’s non-exclusive franchise agreement with Comcast, the company has given a grant to upgrade the video broadcast system inside the city council chambers.

The new system has features that the old system could not, including more camera angles, better governmental access channel playback and graphical elements to let people know who is speaking. City employees have been trained on this new video system and are still in the process of learning its various features. All public meetings are broadcast on the city’s website at www.Cityof-Huntington.com.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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