Harris Elementary School REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation
A major component of the REPAIR FWCS program is the replacement of aged and failing heating infrastructure. The boilers at Harris Elementary had been replaced previously as part of an ongoing maintenance project, but the distribution piping and HVAC units within the classrooms were in need of replacement. New distribution piping for the central boilers and new central chiller system was installed throughout the building.
Another major component of the program was the addition of air conditioning at previously unconditioned buildings. A new central chiller was installed as part of the project to provide cooling to the building.
New vertical unit ventilators (white unit to the right in the photograph) were installed in every classroom to replace the old horizontal unit ventilators. Not only are these units more efficient and quieter than the previous units, but they also have a smaller footprint allowing for more available floor space within the classrooms.
Inefficent single pane window and panel systems (to the right in the main photo) were replaced with new thermally insulated window systems and the exterior walls received added insulation.
Classrooms not only received the benefit of new heating and cooling. obsolete and substandard lighting was replaced with new energy efficient lighting. asbestos containing floor tiles were removed/abated and replaced with new vct flooring and carpet. chalkboards were replaced with new marker and tackboards and projection systems, and new storage cubbies and teacher wardrobes were added.
Upon installation of the new infrastructure systems, the corridors received new ceilings, lighting, paint and tackstrips to display student work. Classroom doors were replaced and installed with new security locksets, allowing for safe, easy locking of doors during emergency situations. Terrazzo floors were stripped of wax, sealed and polished with a low maintenance, no wax finish.