Washburn Energy Upgrade Brings Bonus Learning Opportunity

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An effort to upgrade energy efficiency is bringing a bonus learning opportunity for students at Washburn Tech.

Students at the Climate and Energy Control Shop at Washburn Tech are doing some hands-on learning with outdated condensing units. The units were removed from buildings at Washburn and Washburn Tech earlier this week as part of a $12.3 million energy savings renovation project.

Instead of taking the units to landfills, the tech students are disassembling them for a unique learning opportunity.

The efficiency project is designed to reduce the carbon footprint on the Washburn campus. The upgrades are expected to save the university nearly $618,000 annually in utility expenses. In addition, the project invests in infrastructure, which will reduce the school's deferred maintenance backlog.