Campus plant engineers save energy – and lots of money – with innovative changes

Article by: Janet Paulson

A three-person, behind-the-scenes team saved Clackamas Community College $1.7 million in the last four years by engineering a host of energy- savings measures.

Bill Leach, recently retired dean of Campus Services, had a vision for a campus run as efficiently as possible, not only to save money, but to be environmentally responsible.

Campus plant engineers Hilmo Ljucevic, Rodney Osterhoudt and Jeff Tapp made it happen.

The biggest savings came from retooling two giant boilers that power eight of CCC’s buildings. The team modified them to heat early in the morning, when electrical rates are lower, and improved the combustion process, so the burners would run more efficiently. These changes and other projects have resulted in a $747,000 savings since 2004-05.

Five solar hot water panels now augment the hot water supply for Randall Gym and Pauling Hall, the science building.

An experimental geothermal project uses plastic pipe coils buried in the ground to help cool the Campus Services building.

And the changes haven’t stopped there. An energy audit is under way to show CCC other ways to further invest in energy-related savings.

“It’s been an amazing process to watch,” says Bob Cochran, dean of Campus Services. “I came in on the tail end, and it was pretty impressive. I’m just thankful to be a part of this remarkable group.” 

Contact the Public Affairs Office

Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

Email us: publicaffairs@clackamas.edu

Call us: 503-594-6000

RSS Feed

Recent NewsRSS Feed

CCC

Bond Citizen Oversight Committee to Meet

The initial meeting of the Bond Projects Citizen Oversight Committee will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at Clackamas Community College. The committee will provide oversight to the implementation of ballot measure 3-447, approved by voters in November.  Full Story
CCC

Board Resolution Authorizes Bond Sale

The Board of Education at its April meeting passed a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds to finance capital construction at Clackamas Community College. Voters in the district in November approved a $90 million bond measure to update and modernize college facilities. Full Story
Rafael_Alvarez_Author_to_speak_at_Compose_THUMB

Talented Authors Converge at ‘Compose’ Creative Writing Conference

Rafael Alvarez, journalist and television writer for “The Wire,” is the keynote speaker at the Compose creative writing conference at Clackamas Community College on Saturday, May 2.  Full Story

Upcoming Events

Date: 5/6/2015  Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Gregory Forum BC (G108BC)
View Event
Date: 5/8/2015  Time: 12:00 AM
Location:
View Event
Date: 5/8/2015  Time: 12:00 AM
Location:
View Event