LSSU invests in a brighter future for students through infrastructure upgrades
By David Peters, regional vice president, Johnson Controls
Students have endless options to further their education and universities are wasting no time competing for the chance to educate these future leaders. What many may not know is that they can succeed in attracting and retaining students by creating a safe, comfortable campus that meets growing sustainability standards. Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is one such university that developed a plan to better cater to the needs of current and future students and faculty with the goal of creating a safer, smarter and more sustainable campus.
The university, which resides in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the third oldest city in the United States, was the former Fort Brady military base. It is rich in history and character, something the school was intent on preserving, while also improving infrastructure across the 41-building campus. To do this, LSSU is implementing improvements including lighting and water retrofits, building wide systems integration, modernized heating and cooling controls, upgraded building envelopes, and integrated fire, life safety, and security solutions. LSSU also took steps in modernizing the historic campus by establishing a more robust wireless IT network across its 115-acre campus.
The $23.6M investment will produce $71M in energy and operational savings over the course of 30 years thanks to a Performance Contract. The savings from this project will help LSSU maintain its high-quality learning, teaching and living environment.
I recently joined LSSU President, Dr. Rodney Hanley, to celebrate the second phase of Johnson Controls partnership with the university. Our partnership and LSSU’s commitment to growth and sustainability was represented by a ceremonial tree planting, which is the first tree of hundreds to be planted on campus. I am thankful to the 65+ attendees including campus staff, students and media who came out to show their support for the project, as well as my JCI colleagues who helped make this event possible.