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UAPB holds ribbon cutting for new dormitory and solar park

Pictured: Salonica Hunter, Miss UAPB and Dr. Lawrence B. Alexander, Chancellor.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically black college and university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 5th to celebrate the opening of an addition to their housing, the annex to the Delta Housing Complex on campus.

The Delta Housing Annex

Originally built in 2003, the Delta Housing Complex is a three-story residence hall, providing suite-style living for 384 female students. The annex for the Delta is a four-story structure that adds 144 units to the complex and create a courtyard between the two buildings. The 41, 835 square-foot addition to the complex will also house the residential life office and a police substation. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, an open house will be held that will feature a tour of the facility.

The Solar Park

The university also cut the ribbon to their new solar park, which is the culmination of a $19.3 million energy performance contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (APEC) Program. The keystone of the project is a 321 KwH photovoltaic solar array that ranks as the largest public solar installation in Arkansas. The energy performance contract is also the largest of its kind completed under the AEPC Program. The use of the solar panels in the array will power the Johnny B. Johnson Housing complex, one of the largest dormitories on campus.

The panels will also decrease UAPB’s energy consumption by a sizeable 32%, making UAPB the first state university to meet the 30% energy reduction mandate signed into law by Act 1494 of 2009. Energy savings from these improvements are guaranteed by Performance Services to cover the costs of installation on an annual basis over 19 years.

During the ceremony, the university was presented with a donation of $100,000 given by the Innovative delivery and construction methods, which CDI Contractors saved those funds in production costs.

For more information about the Delta Housing Complex Annex and Solar Park, visit www.uapb.edu.

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