El Paso ISD

El Paso Independent School District Projected to Save More Than $14.8 Million in Energy and Operating Costs Over a 15-Year Period

May 04, 2020

Ensuring students have a comfortable environment is critical to learning success. Read how ABM helped El Paso Independent School District address aging facilities, cut costs, and improve operations without upfront costs.

El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, has an enrollment of more than 63,000 students.

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El Paso Independent School District was challenged by aging infrastructure and uncomfortable classrooms. The district had recently passed a bond that was largely dedicated to building new schools, but administrators wanted to explore ways to address issues affecting existing learning environments.

While the bond helped the district fund new construction and projects, school district officials wanted to be sure they could positively impact other district facilities not directly benefitting from the bond program, without incurring upfront costs or increasing taxpayer burden.


El Paso Independent School District selected ABM’s customized solution to cut costs and mitigate risks associated with unexpected equipment failures, while improving student comfort, and creating a more comfortable, productive educational environment.

ABM implemented comprehensive infrastructure improvements through its Energy Performance Contracting Program to rejuvenate aging facilities and cut operational costs.

The customized solution is projected to save El Paso Independent School District more than $14.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period.


ABM helped the district make the operational changes to improve its facilities and learning environment, and cut costs – without cutting into the school system’s capital budget. Other benefits included:

  • Installing state-of-the-art LED lighting systems, facility automation controls and water conservation systems at each of El Paso Independent School District’s 14 schools.
  • Upgrading HVAC systems at seven schools, while repairing and re-calibrating HVAC systems at seven schools to prolong equipment lifespans and maximize energy and operational efficiency.
  • Replacing the central chilled water plant at Franklin High School.
  • Addition of a STEM laboratory at the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy.
  • Sealing building envelopes at 14 facilities.

“ABM’s customized solution for El Paso Independent School District will allow us to provide our students and staff with reliable and enhanced learning environments, without putting a burden on taxpayers. This will make it possible for the district to affect positive changes at each school and make a positive impact on our students’ educational experience.” — Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, El Paso Independent School District Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations