Northview High School

Client Overview


Founded in 1778, the Northview High School is located in Brazil, Indiana. Northview is part of Clay Community School District. It is home to over 1,000 students. Its nickname is “Castle in the Cornfield”. School programs include eighteen sports for boys and girls, as well as a nationally recognized marching band.

The mission of Northview is to provide an excellent education in an supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning.

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1. Client Challenge:

While the school had performed a retrofit of common area lighting, including most classrooms a number of years ago, there remained a number of older fluorescent lighting, as well as less efficient HID lighting in gyms, workshops and exterior building lighting.

RTS performed an audit to determine the most cost effective solutions for these systems. As with most high school main gyms, a very active schedule required working closely with school staff to least impact gym activities during installation.

2. Lighting Solution:

Retro-Tech performed lighting upgrades throughout the High School, as well as exterior sports buildings and building lighting.

The project included the replacement or retrofit of T12 equipped fluorescent fixtures. A number of fixtures were in hard to access areas like the 30 foot high ceiling of the main auditorium stage. Gyms and workshops were changed out from HID for modern T5HO fluorescent lighting. The T5HO lighting provides for instant on operation; versus 5-10 minute warm up of the older Metal Halide system, as well as 50% energy savings. Incandescent fixtures were updated using LED lamps. Exterior building lighting was upgraded from HID to new LED fixtures – improving visual appearance and lowering maintenance costs.

3. The Results:

The energy savings for a project of this magnitude were significant. The kW and kWh were reduced 30% and 27% respectively. The school is expected to realize over $25,000 in annual savings. The maintenance savings were also significant. The upgraded lighting systems will see an increase in lamp life ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 hours for linear fluorescents; 20,000 to 50,000 hours for HID to LED; and 2,000 to 25,000 hours for incandescents to LED.