SIPI Included in BIA Conservation ProgramAug 15th, 2001 | By tcj | Category: 13-1: Honoring Our Students & Alumni, Tribal College News
As part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) energy improvement efforts, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) this year will receive a multi-million dollar energy facelift for its campus in Albuquerque, NM. The work will include the college’s 18 major buildings and will expand the heating and cooling capacity to provide for the new Advanced Technical Education Building. Because of a partnership with the Department of Energy to facilitate energy conservation, the BIA’s Energy Savings Performance Projects will not compete with BIA budget dollars meant for more critical construction.
The SIPI project will modify the floor-to-ceiling, plastic windows in the college’s 30-year old buildings. High efficiency lighting will be installed throughout the campus. With recent energy cost increases, the annual cost of utilities for SIPI would be about $500,000 a year. SIPI anticipates $4 million in renovations this year, which will be paid off over approximately 24 years with energy cost savings of $8.1 million.