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|Drawing of proposed School
In 1997, AIM Associates participated
in a joint venture proposal with a local developer
to design and build a new administration office
building for the Petaluma School District. We
incorporated state-of-the-art technology for energy
efficiency and indoor health enhancing features.
The three story building of 27,000 square
feet would have cost $2,835,000 for construction.
It was part of a proposed mixed-use development
on a vacant brown field on the banks of the Petaluma
River. A historic trolley was planned to run on
an abandoned rail line through the site and through
town connecting to local buses and a light rail
commuter train. This project would have been the
first major development of a site next to the
city's historic downtown under the recent urban
Our programming phase energy analysis indicated
the school district would save over $26,000 per
year in energy costs. When the school district's
full administrative budget is considered the building's
contribution to increased productivity and lower
absenteeism is of far greater financial significance.
This proposal was unfortunately 10% higher construction
cost than the winning proposal. Life cycle costing
was not considered in the selection since our
projects simple payback based on energy
savings alone was about 10 years.
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