MYR Group subsidiary Sturgeon Electric helps Colorado State University’s NECA Student Chapter prepare for the Green Energy Challenge

May 15, 2014

NECA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter President and Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) employee Francis Marcotte and other Colorado State University (CSU) Construction Management Alumni from Sturgeon Electric’s Commercial &Industrial division recently volunteered their time to help CSU’s NECA Student Chapter prepare for the Green Energy Challenge. The Green Energy Challenge is an annual event that engages NECA student chapter members to design a retrofit for a student union building. The goal is to improve the chosen building’s energy efficiency via new power/lighting systems which included designing a new solar energy component and a sub-metering plan.

Six students from CSU’s Construction Management program chose to submit a proposal to NECA recommending renovation on the electrical systems in the Hartshorn Health Center (Hartshorn) on the CSU Campus. Originally constructed in 1962, Hartshorn serves as a student health center for the University and has undergone several renovations through the years, but still lacks efficient lighting equipment and monitoring systems. The students included several energy efficient upgrades in their proposal including a lighting retrofit, a solar photovoltaic system, a monitoring system and even an electric car charging station.

Last week, the students introduced their presentation materials to CSU faculty, Hartshorn employees and industry members. If the students’ proposal is selected for consideration by NECA, they will be invited to present their solution at the national NECA convention in Chicago later this year.

The students and CSU faculty were very appreciative of the support and guidance received from Sturgeon Electric, and we were honored to give back to our community!

For more, read on in an article from the ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGIAN! http://www.collegian.com/2014/04/students-propose-greener-version-of-hartshorn-for-competition/76522/

Best of luck to CSU’s NECA Student Chapter!