“These projects meet critical needs at each facility while significantly reducing energy consumption,” said Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s chairman and CEO. “Willdan’s design approach and assistance securing $6 million in zero-percent financing will allow California to spend just $250,000 in capital for upgrades and allow the district office to avoid out-of-pocket costs entirely.”
The projects consist of energy-saving upgrades to the Elihu Harris building in Oakland and a district office building in San Diego. Elihu Harris is one of the DGS’ largest facilities, standing 24 stories tall and spanning 788,000 sq. ft.
The project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2020 and will provide $717,000 each year in energy savings from a comprehensive building management system upgrade, LED lighting and controls retrofits, retro-commissioning, and other facility improvements. The San Diego district office project is expected to save an additional $142,000 per year through lighting and comprehensive heating hot water upgrades.