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|Orpheum Looks at Going Green
|Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre is investigating ways it can go green, without necessarily making major upgrades to its heating and cooling systems just yet.
The Knox County Civic Center Authority Board Tuesday okayed allowing Orpheum president Kate Francis to seek requests for proposals from firms that deal in energy efficiency and ultimately how best they can do that.
Francis tells WGIL the theatre's boiler and air conditioning systems really aren't doing what they should be doing, but replacement for the sake of replacement may not be the best option.
"We're not going to rush in and...just replace the boiler and just replace the air conditioner," Francis said. "We're going to do an evaluation of the Orpheum's energy efficiency, its energy usage, its energy usage in terms of how the building is used and what kind of systems we need to put in place in order to most effectively provide a comfortable environment for patrons in the theatre."
Francis says bids for boilers and air conditions aren't being sought for now. The theatre is rather looking for a firm that can do an overall energy assessment. She says should a firm be hired and whatever energy efficiency recommendations be made don't save money, chances are that firm will have to make up the difference.
The Civic Center Authority is investigating these options after the federal "Save America's Treasures" grant applied for last year was rejected. Money toward that grant, had it been approved, would have replaced the constantly-aging boiler and air conditioning units.
(WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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