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Members Rely on Automated Logic

Posted on April 1, 2014

When Choice Partners members need easy-to-use building automation systems that provide maximum energy efficiency, they leave the light on for Automated Logic Corporation (ALC). The company, which has operations across the globe, is known for excellent, client-specific service, and its HVAC  and Building Controls contracts with Choice Partners makes its services easy for members to access.

“Their response has always been great,” said Paul Gutowsky, energy coordinator at Lamar CISD, which used the Choice Partners contract awarded to ALC to change out the controls in portable buildings. ALC removed the manual thermostat and installed one that can be controlled off-site in the centralized control system.

“I’ve always received the service I needed and any issues have been addressed both quickly and professionally,” Paul added.

The energy team at La Joya ISD knows what Paul is feeling. It used the Choice Partners contract with Automated Logic Corporation for a digital controls lighting project and has done work with them through their own RFPs, which were awarded before La Joya ISD became a member of HCDE Choice Partners.

“If I could put all my schools on ALC, I would,” said Rey Cedillo, energy management director, La Joya ISD.

Rey said the teamwork of ALC providing training to the La Joya ISD technicians has alone saved the district about half a million dollars over a six-month period.

“If you are going to build a campus that requires controls, you cannot go wrong with Automated Logic,” said Rey. “As long as you have internet, you can access the controls.”

Too bad ALC’s golfing skills are not on par with their construction abilities, Rey joked, referring to a recent fundraising golf tournament during which the ALC team received high scores.

“Their products are very good – they are just not good at golf!” said Rey, acknowledging their participation contributed to funds for scholarships.

While ALC may not have every golf tournament in the bag, it does seem to win at a wide range of construction projects. Just ask Dayton ISD, which relies on ALC’s clear and efficient work ethic.

“They installed a chiller a couple of years ago and did an outstanding job,” said Steve Bell, facilities director, Dayton ISD.

 “They showed up when they said they would, finished when they said they would, and had it cranked up on time,” added Steve. “It was excellent and everything I expected.”

ALC also did a campus retrofit for controls and partnered with another Choice Partners vendor, Custom Air Products, who did the custom mechanical work. Steve said he would “absolutely” use both of them again.

Steve appreciates the structure of the Choice Partners IDIQ contracts that use R.S. Means, as all the quotes show exactly where the money goes. “That’s just what we need,” said Steve, “because we are spending taxpayer dollars.  With Choice Partners everything is laid out, money-wise, which makes it easy for facilities people like me to account for the dollars.”

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