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File #: 23-2280   
Type: Information Only Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Transportation, Infrastructure, and Planning Subcommittee
On agenda: 9/20/2023 Final action:
Title: Phoenix Convention Center Lighting Replacement Project
District: District 7, District 8


Phoenix Convention Center Lighting Replacement Project



This report provides the Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee with a summary of the lighting replacement project at the Phoenix Convention Center.






In 2017, the City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability received City Council approval to procure Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to serve on a Qualified Vendor List that would go on to provide city-wide energy-savings solutions designed to be cost-effective, operationally sustainable and aligned with the City’s vision of being a global leader in green initiatives.


The Phoenix Convention Center Department (PCCD), being an industry leader in sustainable practices, partnered with the Office of Sustainability to undergo an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) through McKinstry, a City of Phoenix approved ESCO provider. The IGA included a comprehensive energy usage assessment and proposed recommendations for future energy efficient improvements in the West and North Buildings. 


The IGA surveyed approximately 1.8 million square feet and more than 15,000 existing lighting fixtures and identified significant energy-saving opportunities which were achieved through replacing the building lighting controls, fixtures and lamps throughout the exhibit halls, ballrooms, meeting rooms and general areas with light-emitting diodes (LED) advanced technologies. The overarching goal was to replace a highly complicated and antiquated lighting system with new advanced LED technologies resulting in significant reduction in energy consumption, electricity savings, maintenance time and commodity expenses. 


The PCCD concurred with the lighting improvement recommendations that were outlined in the IGA and in early 2022 McKinstry began construction with the ambitious goal of completing the project by January 2023, prior to the move-in activities of Super Bowl LVII. The most significant challenge was to successfully install this new complex system with an aggressive construction timeline without negatively impacting ongoing event activity, which was accomplished through strategic scheduling and effective contract monitoring.


The new lighting control system consisted of a customized platform that gives PCCD staff centralized control and the ability to accommodate advanced scheduling, various lighting configurations, dimming capabilities, individual lamp control, and the ability to monitor energy usage. New hardware included energy efficient LED lamps, high-efficiency ballasts, reflectors and fixture replacements. 


Additional efficiencies include significantly less maintenance costs due to new LED technologies that have an estimated useful life of 11 years and beyond. This results in less time replacing burnt lamps and additional time to support client events.         


The total Lighting Replacement Project costs were $7.5 million and are expected to generate approximately $12 million in energy savings over the next 20 years. It is anticipated this project will generate an electrical usage savings of 30 percent and an annual energy reduction of 3,546,931kWh/24,374kW. This is an annual equivalency of 542 cars off the road or providing electricity to 489 homes. The PCCD and the Office of Sustainability will continue to collaborate on sustainable, cost-savings opportunities that complement the City’s vision of being a global leader on green initiatives.    



Responsible Department

This item is submitted by Deputy City Managers John Chan and Manager Mario Paniagua, and the Phoenix Convention Center Department and the Office of Sustainability.