The City of Albuquerque Department of Seniors Affairs has begun installing an energy-efficient lighting retrofit project at the Los Volcanes Senior Center in northwest Albuquerque. The project, managed by the city’s Department of Municipal Development (DMD), will reduce annual energy costs and improve lighting inside and outside the building.
“The overall objective of the project is to reduce energy consumption as well as costs,” said Saif Ismail, Head of DMD Energy and Sustainability. “The new lights are expected to reduce energy costs by $156,952 in annual savings.”
“Increased security and reduced electricity consumption are just a few of the benefits of these lighting upgrades,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “Improved aesthetics, improved lighting for outdoor public spaces, there are so many positives to this project. We are also pleased that the upgrade has had minimal impact on center programming and seniors meals, allowing us to continue to provide services to members of our community. »
As Los Volcanes continues to remain open for the majority of the proposed facility from June 4 through June 8, 2022, members of the center’s community should expect changes to regular hours of operation and scheduled programming. , because work is planned for the social room of the center. The breakfast and lunch service for seniors will not be interrupted but will undergo some modifications due to limited access to the room during these dates. Members are encouraged to consult with the center’s front desk staff for details of any anticipated schedules or service variations during the installation of the upgrade.
The project is funded by the Energy Management and Sustainability Division and is expected to be completed in September 2022.