City of Lawrence awards $10.9 M energy efficiency and facility-improvement project to Willdan

Mar 9, 2017 | Press Release

ANAHEIM, Calif. — March 9, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDN) today announced that it has been awarded a $10.9 million contract by the City of Lawrence, Kansas, for a comprehensive energy-efficiency and facility-improvement project encompassing 40 City-owned buildings.  The contract follows an investment grade audit performed by Willdan that projected the City’s annual energy and maintenance savings, and recommended specific energy conservation measures.  As part of its turnkey contract, Willdan will be responsible for all facets of project implementation and ongoing performance measurement and verification.

“This single contract combines many of our technical capabilities, including renewable energy generation, energy efficiency design, expertise in a wide variety of facility types, and assistance with Green Bond financing,” stated Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s CEO.  “Willdan’s performance contract guarantees the energy savings to fund the costs of the City’s project.  We anticipate a 12-month project duration, after which we will provide measurement and verification services to quantify the energy savings achieved.”

This project includes a 100–kW rooftop solar array, converting all building lighting to LED technology, redesigning the HVAC systems at the Holcom Recreation Center, modifying air distribution and other systems to resolve indoor air quality deficiencies at the indoor aquatic center, replacing failing chillers and boilers, upgrading antiquated rooftop HVAC units and split systems, and redesigning building envelopes with higher efficiency technology.

About Willdan
Willdan provides professional consulting and technical services to utilities, public agencies and private industry throughout the United States.  The Company's service offerings span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, financial and economic consulting, and national preparedness.  Willdan provides integrated technical solutions to extend the reach and resources of its clients, and provides all services through its subsidiaries specialized in each segment.  For additional information, visit Willdan's website at

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