Honeywell project on track in Shores

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Officials say a wide-reaching project to improve energy efficiency and save money in the process is going well so far.

During an Oct. 15 City Council meeting, Public Works Director Brett Smith said one of the circuits in the streetlight project was “100 percent complete,” while others had been energized but the lights were just starting to come on as they got installed.

“Things are coming along very well,” Smith said.

In recent weeks, the city has been converting its 65-year-old streetlight system into LEDs, which are considerably cheaper to operate. Unlike many other municipalities, the Shores owns its streetlight system, not DTE Energy.

Many elements of the project, which was launched this spring, have already been completed.

Honeywell — which is overseeing the roughly $3 million infrastructure project — has guaranteed the city that the project will pay for itself, or Honeywell will pick up the tab.

Based on an energy analysis performed by Honeywell in May 2012, the plan calls for electrical, lighting, heating and cooling upgrades, a backup generator for municipal offices and the Department of Public Works, new garage doors, replacements for municipal sewage pumps, better temperature control systems and sealing exterior building cracks and gaps to retain heat and air conditioning.

Marijana Zlateska, a performance contract engineer with Honeywell, said demolition of the air handling unit in the attic of Shores City Hall started Oct. 14, and a new air handling system was slated to be installed within the next week or so. Other aspects of the overhaul that have been completed thus far include installation of a new furnace at the DPW building, installation of infrared heaters at the DPW, installation of one of three new larger garage doors at the DPW and the addition of LED lights on city buildings, she said. A generator behind the DPW had been installed but was still awaiting installation of a gas meter so that it could be tested, she said.

“As of now, everything’s on schedule,” Zlateska said. “I think by November, most of (the equipment) will be installed, and we’ll just be working on controls.”

Mayor Ted Kedzierski was pleased with the results, calling this a “good report.”