Central Primary construction complete

Jennifer Freeman

Central Primary School officials signed off last week on the completion of the new building for kindergarten through third grade.

On April 17, 2007, voters approved a referendum for a project that included a new $12 million, 58,080-square-foot building and $1.5 million for renovations at Central Intermediate School.

The new building and renovations provide much-needed space for the district’s growing enrollement. This year, there are 517 students enrolled at Central Primary School and 514 at Central Intermediate School.

The new building includes a state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system.

Kenyon and Associates Architects of Peoria and its consulting engineers, IEFM Engineering, designed the system as a means of utilizing below-ground temperatures to help supplement the heating and cooling systems.  P. J. Hoerr Construction of Peoria was the general contractor for the project.

The system cost a total of $1.5 million, about $150,000 more than traditional systems.

According to superintendant Chad Allaman, the system will pay back the difference in heating and cooling energy savings within four to six years.

In addition to the energy cost savings, Allaman said another reason the board chose the geothermal system was the opportunity for grant money funding green initiatives.

In order to offset the cost of the geothermal system, school officials applied for a $90,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

After construction was officially completed, school officials were notified of their grant application’s approval.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation.    

The foundation invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts, working with communities and residents to improve environmental quality in Illinois. 

Foundation grants support installation of high-efficiency energy projects in educational, public safety, affordable housing and other community facilities.