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BRIEF: County buildings becoming efficient

June 14, 2014

By K.C. Mehaffey, The Wenatchee World, Wash.

June 14--WATERVILLE -- Three Douglas County buildings will be running more efficiently this summer after a Spokane company adds controls to make heating and cooling systems work better.

The county received a low interest loan and will pay McKinstry up to $423,663 to add mechanical controls to allow for fine-tuning of existing equipment at the Douglas County Courthouse in Waterville, and its law and justice building on 3rd Street and administrative building on 19th Street in East Wenatchee.

The company guarantees energy savings will cover the costs of the work, and recovery is expected in about eight years, said Douglas County Administrator Jim Barker.

"The main reason we did it was to extend the life of our equipment," said Commissioner Dale Snyder. "The chiller at the courthouse is a $300,000 piece of equipment. If we can extend it an extra five years, that pays for the project right there," he said.

Work is expected to be completed by July.

Reach K.C. Mehaffey at 509-997-2512 or Read her blog An Apple a Day or follow her on Twitter at @KCMehaffeyWW.


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