The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced architectural and engineering firm TSP as the winner of its 2019 Propane Project of the Year contest, which honors the best residential and commercial projects being powered by propane. The contest, which launched this year, was open to builders, remodelers, architects, engineers, and trade professionals in the United States.
With offices in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska, TSP focuses on commercial projects in education, healthcare, and community. TSP won PERC’s $10,000 grand prize for its work on Andes Central High School located in Lake Andes, SD.
“With this contest, we are excited to recognize construction professionals achieving world-class building projects by incorporating propane-powered appliances,” said Bryan Cordill, PERC director of residential and commercial business development. “Propane can power nearly every system throughout a home or commercial building including water heaters, furnaces, kitchens, outdoor living amenities, and more.”
TSP’s winning project consisted of designing a 55,000 square foot high school onto the existing 25,000 square foot elementary school. The project included the installation of a number of sustainable, energy efficient features including two propane boilers and two propane water heaters. The school’s existing kitchen already incorporated propane cooking appliances. These high-efficiency propane-powered appliances were chosen to help the school cut energy consumption. The school aims to cut the energy it uses and get the best return on its energy investment, said Debra Lucas, Andes Central School District superintendent. The school opened in January 2019.
TSP donated its $10,000 cash prize to Andes Central School District. TSP CEO Jared Nesje presented the check to Andes Central School Board President Debbie Houseman and other school board members at a board meeting last month. Lucas said the prize money will be used to buy new playground equipment.
For more information on PERC’s Propane Project of the Year contest, visit the PERC website. The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry.