Navitas to audit Shawnee’s facilities in search of potential energy savings

Shawnee has decided to enter a contract with Navitas to perform an investment grade facility audit.

Performance contracting is a process where construction projects are funded by guaranteed savings on energy, operations and maintenance, according to a July 9 city memo.

As part of the State of Kansas Facility Conservation Improvement Program, an investment grade facility audit consists of a detailed analysis of all city facilities and utility accounts, a cost/savings analysis of potential energy savings opportunities, a project proposal, a financing plan and implementation and savings verification plans.

The Shawnee council unanimously agreed in a 5-0 vote earlier this month to enter into this agreement with Navitas. Council members Justin Adrian, Lindsey Constance and Mickey Sandifer were absent for the vote.

The city memo indicated that the process will take several months. Following completion of the investment grade audit, city staff would decide “the best way to move forward,” with either performance contracting or tackling individual projects to be funded by the city (either the facilities and equipment budget or the capital improvement funds).

If the Shawnee council decides against proceeding with a construction contract with Navitas, the audit may cost between $40,000 and $60,000.