Keesler Air Force Base was built by the War Department in June of 1941 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The base is home of Headquarters, Second Air Force and the 81st Training Wing of the Air Education and Training Command.
On average, Keesler has 4,700 students on base at a time. Much of the training they receive is in the field of electronics, such as wideband maintenance, ground radio, information technology, avionics, and cryptography.
- Client Challenge:
Keesler Air Force Base, with more and more government budget cuts, an overall energy savings plan was required. The Base, with over 2 million sq. ft. of buildings had some interesting challenges in accomplishing their energy and lighting needs.
RTS performed an audit of over 100 buildings throughout the Base. RTS evaluated vast numbers of variables such as how the space will be used, amount of day-light, load potential, dimming, lamp color, initial cost, and cost to maintain moving forward.
- Lighting Solution:
Retro-Tech performed a lighting upgrade in over 2,000,000 sq.ft. for Keesler Air Force Base. From Dorms to Offices to Classrooms to Recreational Facilities, over 22,000 fixtures were either retrofited or upgarded with energy efficient lamps and ballasts, compact florescent lamps, or new fixtures. Specular reflectors were installed where applicable for further energy savings. A large portion of the project involved converting incandescent fixtures in the dorms to energy efficient compact florescent lamps. To assist in the energy survey and study, lighting loggers were installed to measure hours of operation and occupancy. Wattages were verified from a M&V study on a sample size of different fixture types following Federal guidelines. New lay-in lenses and wrap lenses were installed to replace existing damaged or missing lenses.
- The Results:
The project proved to be a success. The lighting kW and kWh were reduced significantly, resulting in approximate savings of over $125,000 annually. The light levels and appearance within the given areas were enhanced as well. Additional maintenance savings dollars will be realized thru the standardization of lamps and ballast and the life expectancy of the newer products.