The Bethlehem Area School District has received $2 million in Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE) grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) toward the construction of the new Nitschmann Middle School.
ACE grants provide financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state.
“We are proud that in addition to a cost effective building design and continued on-time and under budget construction we have now reduced the overall cost of the project by qualifying for this $2 million grant” said Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent, Dr. Joseph J. Roy.
The new Nitschmann Middle School project is projected to meet the LEED Gold standard. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design provides a series of qualifications for how buildings are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The district’s new Broughal Middle School, constructed in 2009, is also a LEED Gold school.
“The Bethlehem Area School District has been a leader in promoting sustainability and energy efficiency, with solar panels at five schools, being an Energy Star Leader and constructing a new LEED Gold Broughal Middle School,” said M. Arif Fazil, President of D’Huy Engineering Inc, which oversees the project and applied for the grant. “The new Nitschmann project continues the district’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”
The project is scheduled for completion in June 2017. The District has pursued efficient and sustainable design strategies to keep the Nitschmann project on schedule and under its projected $53.7 million budget.