The School District of Philadelphia GESA-1, Task-1

Philadelphia, PA

Project Overview

This is the second GESA project for the School District of Philadelphia.

After successfully managing the Pilot project, the School District re-engaged The ECG Group to develop this larger project. The GESA-1 project will ultimately feature 12 buildings and will feature comprehensive HVAC upgrades across all facilities. As of January 2021, the school district has completed comprehensive upgrades at the Lincoln High School and Gompers Elementary School (ES) with final upgrades occurring at Conwell Middle School (MS) in Summer 2021.

The scope includes comprehensive interior and exterior lighting fixture upgrades, elimination of antiquated pneumatic controls and upgrade to Direct Digital Control technology, Boiler Upgrades, and the deployment of air conditioning at Gompers ES and Conwell MS. 


The ECG Team was reengaged to help the School District develop a strategy for implementing   comprehensive upgrades across a larger group of buildings than the previous Pilot project.

The ECG Group then developed a weighted scoring matrix to assist the District with the selection of buildings for the GESA-1 project. Buildings were ranked based on most capital- intensive needs and which facilities had the largest opportunity for energy savings. This process created a repeatable, scalable, and transparent approach for future GESA initiatives for the School District of Philadelphia.

The GESA-1, Task-1 project is the first successful phase of ultimately 5 phases planned for the coming years.


Five Examples Energy Conservation Measures:
  • LED Lighting Upgrades
  • Water Conservation Upgrades
  • Building Envelope Improvements
  • Heating Systems Upgrades
  • Chilled Water Cooling System

Project Statistics

Project Size

$25.7 Million

Guaranteed Energy Savings (Annual)


Completion date

Fall 2021 (estimated)

Project Type

Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement (GESA)

Energy Service Company

Johnson Controls

M/W BE Participation


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