While the majority of the College is working and attending classes remotely, the Facilities and Maintenance teams have been hard at work improving our campuses.
The teams recently completed an upgrade of parking lot lighting on multiple campuses, including East, West, Osceola, Lake Nona and the School of Public Safety. The upgrades involved removing old, inefficient metal halide lights and replacing them with LEDs.
“We continue to look for opportunities to utilize sustainable materials, equipment and processes in all of our new construction and campus upgrades,” said Shaun Andrews, assistant vice president, facilities and maintenance operations.
Shaun added that the lights include motion sensors allowing them to dim or turn off when no one is in the parking lot. He also said the project would save over 787,000 kWh annually —equivalent to taking 120 passenger vehicles off the road — and that it would pay for itself in three years.
The teams worked in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Valencia’s Security department during the project’s planning and implementation phases.
“This is a great accomplishment by our Facilities staff as we work to reduce our carbon-footprint collegewide,” shared Carrie Black, director, energy conservation and sustainability.
“These new lights remain dark sky-friendly, continuing our commitment to avoiding light pollution with unnecessary light going skyward, instead ensuring it is directed down for increased visibility. Not only are the lights more efficient, they provide better lighting quality and coverage at night.”
Mike Favorit, managing director, safety and security, said the new lights were “fantastic” and would provide “improved lighting and safety for our students, faculty and staff.”