JM Electrical and EMC Complete Energy Upgrade at Holyoke Community College
Electrical contractors provide campus-wide energy upgrade; bring school closer to energy conservation goal
JM Electrical Company, Inc., the leader in advanced automated building system installations, today announced that it has completed an energy services project at Holyoke Community College (HCC), a 3-year community college located in Holyoke. The company worked with the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and Energy Management and Controls Services (EMC) on the upgrades.
JM Electrical participated in a complete energy upgrade of the campus, including installing air handling units (AHUs), hot water pumps, and variable air volume (VAV) boxes in all classrooms. Where VAV boxes are typically replaced, JM performed a unique service of retrofitting the boxes. Additionally, JM’s staff assisted in reworking existing fire alarms to accommodate a ceiling replacement, all while ensuring the coordination of trades did not majorly impact the school’s students and staff.
“We are proud of our work at Holyoke Community College because the energy upgrades will significantly improve the comfort level of students and professors throughout the campus,” said Adam Palmer, Project Manager at JM Electrical. “The changes will also preserve the school’s infrastructure for years to come.”
Founded in 1946, Holyoke Community College provides affordable, high quality education and workforce training. It offers nearly one hundred degree and certificate programs, preparing students to transfer to a four-year college or to enter immediately into the workforce. With the major energy upgrades completed by JM Electrical in the majority of the classrooms, office suites, and HVAC systems, HCC energy consumption will be significantly reduced.
“This particular project was especially complicated, with many different components and necessary services,” said Jim Jones, president at EMC. “JM’s experienced team along with ours made for an ideal partnership, and we were able to ensure a comfortable working environment for professors and students alike.”
JM Electrical has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in the installation of advanced control and automation systems, and has recently completed multiple large-scale installations at developments in the Greater Boston area. Among these are Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, Boston University’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, and Harvard Memorial Church.
EMC has 30 years of experience in the design, installation and maintenance of direct digital control systems. The company offers a variety of services including systems consultation, control system design and controller programming to customers across New England.
Town to recodify archaic zoning bylaws
The town’s outdated zoning bylaws will soon be getting a long-needed update, Planning Committee members announced at their February 14 meeting at the Merritt Center.
John Faria, chair of the committee, emphasized that the recodification would not be a ‘re-write,’ but a “rewording and tightening of the current text” so that it meets the current state legal standards. Currently there are also holes in the bylaws that make some of the laws unenforceable.
“We had serious legal deficiencies we have since corrected,” Faria said. Faria likened the bylaws to those found in the 1940s and 50s, and said that the town has been “lucky” that no one has tried to take any “legal shots” at it.
The town has been meeting with Special Counsel Mark Bobrowski to work out how best to change the law without negatively affecting residents. Members of the committee emphasized that in order for the new law to work effectively it would require collaboration with the community.
Faria said that the final version would be available online, but he was unable to say when and where. The final version of the bylaws will go to Town Meeting for approval. If passed, they will go to the state Attorney General’s office for final approval.
By Melanie Higgins