UPPER MOUNT BETHEL – The effort to renovate Five Points Elementary School in the Bangor Area School District is moving forward as the result of a more than $1 million grant, according to state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth). The Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFAs) Alternative and Clean Energy Program is the source of the funding.
“Since Five Points was built in 1967, only one upgrade – 27 years ago in 1992 – has taken place, and now the building needs renovation,” Emrick said. “The school district’s goal is to meet the definition of what the National Institute of Building Sciences deems a High Performance Building.”
The grant will allow the following building improvements to take place:
• Remove asbestos throughout the school and lead-containing ceramic tiles in all the girls’ bathrooms and upgrade all restrooms.
• Finish upgrades in the addition, as well as remove existing partition walls to create individual classrooms and better circulation throughout the school.
• New fixtures, including an efficient thermal building envelope, energy efficient individually controlled HVAC systems, energy efficient LED lights with daylight sensors, more efficient plumbing systems, in addition to on-site solar production.
• Switch to a gas HVAC system, saving approximately 63 percent in energy costs.
The amount of the grant is the maximum allowed under the program and will facilitate completion of the project, which has a total cost of $12.8 million.
The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s district office at (610) 588-8011 or (610) 746-5090.
Representative Joe Emrick
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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