Rep. Sanchez announces funding grant for Upper Dublin middle school construction

DRESHER, March 26 – Upper Dublin School District will receive a significant Alternative and Clean Energy Program funding grant to assist in the construction of a new middle school in Upper Dublin Township, State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced Tuesday.

“I’m delighted to share that Upper Dublin School District has received a significant ACE state grant to help build the new environmentally friendly Sandy Run Middle School,” Sanchez said. “I’m proud of the Upper Dublin School District and our community for taking these bold strides to protect our environment and keep our future green.”

The school district, which will receive a grant of $1.38 million, is demolishing its current Sandy Run Middle School and will construct a new Sandy Run Middle School as a high-performance building, which will achieve LEED gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

That includes an efficient thermal building envelope, LED lighting systems with daylight sensors, an energy-efficient, individually controlled HVAC system, water-conserving fixtures and a 215 kW solar system.

Energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 582 MWh annually, or 42 percent over current usage. Water consumption is expected to be reduced by approximately 30 percent.

The grant funds will be used toward demolition, construction and LEED administrative costs.

The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants aiming to utilize, develop and construct alternative and clean-energy projects in Pennsylvania. The program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.