Facilities Dive – $5.3M DOE grant to fund Indianapolis vocational education campus

Dive Brief:

  • A $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Renew America’s Schools program will partially finance The Match High School and Career Center, a new vocational education campus near downtown Indianapolis that Ameresco is developing with Matchbook Learning Schools of Indiana.
  • Plans for the more than $20 million campus call for a 165-kW rooftop solar array with integrated battery energy storage, heat pump hot water heaters, LED lighting and “ultra-high efficiency rooftop [HVAC] units with building automation controls and a variable refrigerant flow heat recovery and ventilation system,” according to a news release from the two organizations.
  • The school and career center will support a technologically-enhanced curriculum that will focus on construction trades, welding, engineering and entrepreneurship, Matchbook Learning said. “If we are preparing students to build sustainable energy efficient buildings in the future, they should learn in and from a building with green and sustainable energy features,” The Match High School Principal James Hill told Facilities Dive in an email.

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Brian Martucci