McClure and DGS Break Ground on Major Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of State Buildings

Harrisburg, PA (May 25, 2022) – On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Shayne Homan, Vice President of Energy Services at McClure Company, joined Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Curt Topper to officially break ground on a Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project that will improve the energy efficiency of 17 buildings in and around the Capitol Complex and save taxpayers more than $671,000 annually once complete. The $22 million project will have no upfront cost to taxpayers.

“Energy efficiency improvements are one of the most effective and proven ways to reduce energy consumption, increase cost savings and have a positive effect on our environment,” Secretary Topper noted. “We have been relentless not only in our efforts to identify opportunities where these projects can make a difference but in taking action to get these projects started and completed.”

The Capitol Complex GESA project will see the installation of Energy Conservation Measures, or ECMs, in 17 buildings throughout the Harrisburg area with a total footprint of approximately 3 million square feet. Updates will include replacing outdated lighting systems with highly efficient LED lighting systems; replacement of HVAC controls and systems; building envelope improvements for air handling/filtration systems; the installation of enhanced automated controls for optimized building heating and cooling systems; water conservation measures such as low flow toilets, aerated sinks and energy efficient water heaters; and more. GESA projects allow public entities to make important energy- and cost-saving facility improvements with no upfront cost. Instead, improvements are paid for using energy savings.

A unique feature of the project will be the installation of a geothermal system at the 18th & Herr Streets location that will include 75 geothermal wells and use the consistent temperature of the water below the ground, coupled with an air-handling system, to provide more energy-efficient heating and cooling to the Capitol Complex. A similar system will also be installed at the Governor’s Residence as part of this project.

“Aside from energy savings, this project will deliver much needed capital improvements to replace obsolete heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, greatly improve occupant comfort and provide clean ventilation,” Shayne Homan said. “Through careful planning and collaboration with the DGS team and other strategic partners, McClure Company has a plan to execute the entire project in less than 18 months, allowing the energy savings and comfort benefits to be realized as soon as possible.”

“McClure Company is proud to play a significant role in the Commonwealth’s energy sustainability efforts,” continued Homan. “We look forward to successful completion of this project, which will benefit Pennsylvania taxpayers and the environment for many years to come.”

Visit the Commonwealth’s GESA program page for more information about the program.

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Headquartered in Harrisburg, McClure Company is Pennsylvania’s largest, fully integrated mechanical construction, engineering, maintenance, and energy service company (ESCO). With offices throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, McClure provides customers with value-driven, energy-efficient building solutions. Incorporated in 1953, McClure Company has a long history of delivering mechanical infrastructure and energy systems for the built environment.

The McClure team takes pride in designing and implementing smart building systems with sustainable capabilities. McClure proactively manages projects from initial concept and design, through installation and commissioning, including 24-hour service and ongoing maintenance. A Best Places to Work in PA award winner every year since 2009 and #21 on Engineering News-Record’s U.S. Top 50 Firms in Mechanical, McClure Company has earned a reputation for delivering realistic budgets backed by guaranteed schedules.

Amber Knauss, McClure Company, 717-232-9743
Troy Thompson, DGS, 717-787-3197


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