Students Help Roxbury Church Become More Energy Efficient

April 28, 2019

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) student club of Wentworth once again chose a local community building to improve for their Green Energy Challenge, this time focusing on the Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury.

The Green Energy Challenge is an annual nationwide contest that began as a want to raise awareness for green energy sources. Student chapters from all around the nation find buildings that could benefit from an energy upgrade and develop proposals to make the buildings more energy efficient.

Wentworth students John Carriuolo, BSCM ’19, Julian Crampton, BSME ’19, Andrew Pierce, BSCM ’21, Matthew Smith, BSCM ’21, Robert Abbanat, BSCM ’21, and Matthew Nardone, BSCM ’22, believe that the Eliot Church provides a lot of unique construction opportunities.

The building, first constructed in 1873, has undergone a several renovations and additions, gradually becoming a community center in addition to church. The building is equipped with early education classrooms, a theater, a gymnasium, and a commercial kitchen.

“The church has so much history to it. There is a lot going on inside the building that most people wouldn’t know about by just looking at it,” says Carriuolo.

The students are also getting help from a lot of outside sources. They are each teaming up with different contractors in the Greater Boston area to provide feedback to them to make sure they are on the right track. These contractors include JM Electrical, Fischbach and Moore Electrical Group, Gaston Electrical, and McDonald Electrical.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Energy Efficiency Analysis - Julian Crampton
  • Lighting Retrofit - Matthew Nardone and John Carriuolo
  • Solar Energy Study - Andrew Pierce
  • Finance Plan - Robert Abbanat
  • Estimate - Matthew Smith
  • Schedule - John Carriuolo​

Students participated in volunteering as well. The NECA student chapter teamed up with the church in an effort to teach the community about solar energy importance by showing area youth how to make a solar mason jar. The solar mason jars use energy from the sun to power up the batteries, so that they could power up lights.

The students are also going to maintain a strong relationship with the church. The NECA chapter already has plans to continue their community service work after April 29, which is the day their proposal is due.

The team will then wait a few months to hear if they place within the top three in the nation. If they do, then they will be invited to the Annual NECA Convention in Las Vegas to present their project to a panel of judges.

“We have a great group of students this year,” says Carriuolo. “We are all committed to the project and realize its importance in the community.”

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