YWCA Energy Efficiency Improvements

Larson Design Group (LDG) provided design and consulting services necessary to assist the YWCA of North Central PA in selecting the best energy conservation measures for their 80-year-old building. LDG made recommendations for features that will increase the building’s efficiency.

Under the direction of LDG architect Lawrence Lee Huber, AIA, and LDG’s Green Team, 16 solar thermal panels were added to the back side of the building. The panels will be used to heat the building’s hot water and a portion of its gym, resulting in a 60% reduction in energy costs annually. The solar panel project cost $135,000; about $118,000 was funded through an Energy Harvest grant, and was part of a little more than $1 million that was raised through the capital campaign. LDG worked with the
Bierly Group and the YWCA to develop the solar panel design.

In addition, LDG prepared a complete set of construction documents including construction administration to replace the YWCA’s existing exterior lighting. The lights provide better lighting around the building, have a higher safety factor, and are more energy efficient, which will result in lower operating costs.

LDG received the YWCA’s Inspiration Award to recognize LDG’s sustained excellence and partnership with the YWCA. “Whether through individual or corporate collaboration and volunteerism, LDG has helped people build healthier and safer lives,” remarked Diane Glenwright, YWCA’s Executive Director. “We could not be making the progress we have in our facility renovations without their thoughtful and knowledgeable assistance and guidance. Along with the invaluable services of Lawrence Lee Huber, Project Manager – Architecture, and his Green Team, we are renovating our building so it can be used to meet our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women for years to come.”