Partnering to Improve Correctional Facilities at the ACA Winter Conference

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Correctional facilities face skyrocketing energy costs, aging infrastructure, overcrowding and deferred maintenance. And it’s tough to find the money to address these issues, especially without burdening taxpayers who don’t see them as a priority. At the American Correctional Association’s winter conference – which happened from January 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas – Johnson Controls performance infrastructure experts joined state leaders to discuss solutions to correctional facility challenges – both traditional and innovative.

Great conversations were had with state leaders in regard to key priorities and what immediate steps correctional facilities could take to improve facilities without capital investment, all while mitigating risk. Key takeaways from the conference include:

  • Security threats continuously evolving (like cell phones and drones), and how these threats are straining budgets.
  • Deferred maintenance and infrastructure upgrades continue to impact operating budgets and insufficient capital.
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts – bundles energy savings projects like lighting, building controls, steam and more. These contracts fund themselves and free up budget dollars to address security needs.
  • The addition of non-energy savings projects into an Energy Savings Performance Contract bundle as good financial sense. For instance: drone detection systems deployed with perimeter LED lighting retrofits. 

We were excited to take part in this interesting, enlightening event – and continue to expand our offerings to meet the challenges correctional facilities face.

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