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Scecina partners with Johnson-Melloh in environmentally friendly Sun Bandit project

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

If you flew above Scecina and looked down, you would get a glimpse of the latest energy technology. 

Situated in the form of a cross atop the athletic Blockhouse, on the east side of the campus, are seven solar panels. The panels will provide 3,000 kilowatt hours of power each year for a 100-gallon water heating system. The cross is an obvious sign of the faith that Scecina is built upon. 

The Sun Bandit solar system was installed by Johnson-Melloh Mechanical, whose co-founder is 1961 Scecina graduate Bob Melloh. The company retrofitted the old system in two days at the end of summer. The system will heat the water for showers and for laundering team uniforms. 

“I believe the brightest part of the project was the craftsmanship of the installers,” said Scecina Facilities Manager Dave Smith ‘76. “From the solar panels on the roof that are laid out to look like a cross to the plumbing hook up, the workmanship was first class! Indeed, a very professional install.” 

Johnson-Melloh has been promoting its Sun Bandit system through videos produced by Beltrame Leffler, the advertising company founded by two Scecina alumni, Mike Beltrame ’67 and K.C. Leffler ‘87. In late August, the company filmed one of Johnson-Melloh’s videos at Scecina to promote using the Sun Bandit system at a church or school. 

In the video, Johnson-Melloh spokesman Henry Nichols gives viewers a short history of Scecina and lists its core values, including stewardship. Stewarding the gift of the sun then is one of the video’s themes about using solar power, specifically the Sun Bandit system. 

Scecina President Joe Therber said the project represents Scecina’s and Johnson-Melloh’s commitment to being environmentally conscious. “Scecina appreciates the commitment to environmental stewardship that Johnson-Melloh and the Melloh family represent,” he said. “We are honored to be partners in this environmental sustainability effort, which also teaches our students to be good stewards of our environment.” 

Johnson-Melloh Mechanical, founded in 1976, is a LEED-accredited provider of preventative & predictive maintenance and on-call mechanical services for a wide variety of refrigeration, process piping, HVAC, building automation, plumbing and other applications. 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Janice OBrien wrote:
Great article and I’m glad to see Scecina is
modernizing the block house! And it’s alwayd
wonderful seeing graduates of Scecina who
are involved and are successful in their
careers!

Mon, September 24, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

2. Maribeth Taylor Ransel '61 wrote:
Thanks to our Classmate, Bob, for his continuous generosity. Thanks, as well, to sons Nicky and Andy who continue the Johnson-Melloh legacy. The Indianapolis community has been blessed by all of the contributions of this family and the company.

Mon, October 15, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

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