School Begins One of Largest School Solar Installations

The Farmington, Illinois, Community Unit School District #265 held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the installation on a new $1.8 million solar array at the school.

The project will include the installation of 2,520, 300-watt solar panels on the Farmington school’s rooftops, making it the largest single solar array located at an Illinois school.  Construction and installation are projected to be completed by December 2014. 

Operational, the solar panels will reduce the school’s utility costs by approximately 30 percent.  Also, Farmington educators will incorporate the solar project into their educational curriculum involving many different subjects.  Real-time energy savings and consumption will also be available on the school’s intranet website.

The solar array is being partially funded by a $1.15 million energy grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation.  Farnsworth Group is serving as the design consultant on the project.  Clean Energy Design Group, Inc. is partnering with Farnsworth Group and acting as the operative Design/Build firm on the project design and final installation.

CEFCU Earns LEED Certified Rating from USGBC

Germantown Hills, IL...October 14, 2014…CEFCU’s Germantown Hills, IL, Member Center has earned LEED Certified designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.  Farnsworth Group served as the primary Engineer and sustainability consultant on the project.

The Germantown Hills Member Center is a new 4,500-square-foot facility that includes a number of sustainable features.  The facility was designed to include high efficiency HVAC and plumbing systems, LED lighting throughout the Member Center, construction materials and systems that contain recycled and regional content, and native/indigenous plantings and landscaping that utilize fewer water resources.

CEFCU’s Germantown Hills location is the third CEFCU Member Center to achieve LEED-Certified status, with the other two located in Springfield, IL, and Chillicothe, IL.

Farnsworth Group Acquires Foth Champaign, IL, Office Location

Farnsworth Group, Inc., announced today it has acquired the Champaign, IL, consulting office location of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC.  This acquisition includes only Foth’s Champaign office and not any of its other office locations.


Foth’s Champaign office, located on Broadmoor Drive, has a long history in central Illinois, having previously operated as Daily & Associates for more than 50 years before joining Foth in 2005.  The office provides Transportation, Water, Wastewater, Municipal, Stormwater, Structural, and Land Development Engineering services to a broad range of clients, most notably Illinois municipalities and state agencies.


The acquisition further strengthens Farnsworth Group’s presence in the Champaign area, which also operates a consulting office located on Neil Street. Farnsworth Group’s Champaign office was established in 2002 and offers Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying services.


More than 25 Foth employees will be joining Farnsworth Group, bringing the Company’s total Champaign presence to nearly 40 staff members.  For now, the two offices will continue to operate from their current locations. Farnsworth Group now has more than 400 employees located nationwide.


We are always looking to acquire exceptional talent and expertise that adds value to Farnsworth Group’s clients and further complements our existing business practice,” said Farnsworth Group President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Jensen, PE.  “Foth’s Champaign office and staff certainly fulfills that goal.  With this addition, we will now be able to provide our clients with full-service engineering and architecture services from our Champaign location.”


Combined, the Champaign offices will continue to serve clients such as the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the University of Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation and municipalities throughout Illinois, as well as support Farnsworth Group projects nationwide.

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