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The City of Centennial received two awards at the 2011 American
Public Works Association (APWA) Colorado Chapter Annual Luncheon
today. Centennial was recognized in the category of
Engineering/Construction Management for Infrastructure Upgrades and
Opening Support for IKEA Centennial and for the Energy-Saving
Transportation Plan in the category of Environmental Design -
Maintenance - Operation for Energy.
The grand opening of IKEA Centennial was a success. In part due
to the early completion of all infrastructure projects related to
the development of this new store. In late 2008, Centennial began
preparing for the construction and opening of the new IKEA store.
The City worked closely with IKEA on site plan approval and
coordination with the project partners: Southeast Metro Stormwater
Authority, Southgate Water and Sanitation District, Arapahoe
County, RTD, CDOT and Douglas County to support the 415,000 square
foot store located on an 11 acre site. The City planned and
implemented regional infrastructure improvements in 2010, to
support local residents and businesses in the surrounding area.
Last year, Centennial received an entitlement of nearly $1
million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
(EECBG) funds from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for use in
energy-conservation projects. To promote the sustainability
initiative of the City of Centennial's Our Voice. Our Vision.
Centennial 2030 guiding document, the City utilized a portion of
these grant funds, with no local match required, to replace nearly
1700 incandescent bulbs at 37 traffic signal with light-emitting
diode (LED) indications and converted 17 school flashing beacons to
solar power and LED indications.
"The City of Centennial and our regional partners are very pleased
to be recognized for these projects. Each project demonstrates the
outcome of successful partnerships. The City continues to take
pride in improving infrastructure and safety for our residents.
These projects were completed on time and within budget and have a
great benefit to the community," says Mayor Cathy Noon.
The City of Centennial's LED Energy-Savings Project will result
in an annual reduction in electricity consumption of approximately
570,000 kWH and an annual savings in energy costs of more than
$30,000. As a result of this project, all traffic and pedestrian
indications at the City's 72 signals are 100% LED and all school
flashing beacons are solar powered and 100% LED. Based on material,
installation, maintenance and energy costs, the City estimates the
payback on the LEDs (assuming a minimum five-year life expectancy
of the LEDs) to be 1.8 years. Additionally, the City anticipates
driver and pedestrian safety will increase due to the improved
visibility of the LEDs and the countdown feature of the pedestrian
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