Lighting, HVAC presentation on the proposed project | news

More information was recently released on a planned US $ 3 million lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and roofing project for Napoleon Area City Schools.

Energy Optimizers representatives Rusty Bookman and Trent Hayden spoke to the Education Committee on Wednesday about the potential project.

If approved by the board, the project would be split over two years – summer 2022 and summer 2023. Under the current proposal, the district would pay $ 604,940 in the summer of 2022 to convert interior lighting in the US to LED high school lighting , Elementary School, and Bus Garage, and are using $ 1.1 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER) to replace four rooftop HVAC units, add an HVAC unit over the kitchen, improve indoor air quality and part of the roof of the high school. The proposal for the summer of 2023 includes nearly $ 1.4 million in ESSER funding for the project, which includes replacing six HVAC roof units and another portion of the high school roof, and improving indoor air quality. Bookman noted that these numbers show the parts of the project that can be paid for by ESSER funds, but the district could use more of its funds on the project if it so chooses.

Bookman explained that the LED flat screens will be retrofitted over the existing fluorescent tubes in the ceiling and will have dimming functions.

“We’re not replacing any of the lights, it’s just the lighting, the panels fit in there,” said Bookman. “Where there are flat ceilings on which the flat screen cannot be mounted, we simply continue with the 1.2 m long linear tubes at these points.”

Bookman added that fluorescent lights can flicker and buzz, which can create distractions for students, especially those with attention deficit disorder, but these issues do not occur with the LED lights.

“There have been a lot of studies across the country on how LEDs are making a difference in teaching,” he said.

Bookman added that the Grand Canyon lighting would include wireless control that also included presets so that certain lighting schemes could be pre-set for events like dances or sporting events.

As part of the indoor air quality fraction, a device would be mounted on the HVAC unit that creates and emits charged particles that are released into the rooms. The particles then attach to harmful particles such as pathogens or mold and break them down, causing them to fall out of the air and become inactive.

Cory Niekamp, ​​business manager for the district, previously stated that the HVAC units that would be replaced are 16 years old. In addition, he said the new canopy will be similar to the one above the hall in that it has a tapered installation to prevent water backing up, which is now a problem.

Treasurer Michael Bostelman said the portion of the project that is to be funded directly by the county would come from the remaining Ohio Facilities Construction Commission funds for the rooftop and HVAC projects, but since the ESSER funds will be used for those projects the lighting project has been added. The ESSER funds cannot be used for the lighting project.

“The breakdown all depends on how we flow our ESSER grants and how much of our district dollars we need to use,” said Bostelman. “… We knew the roof and the HVAC were coming. So if we can use the federal dollars to help us do this, that will help us not to solicit taxpayers for capital projects in the future because roofs and HVAC are usually hard to fund for a county, so this is one good opportunity for us to do this. “

Bookman found the company was selected by the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortium, which handles qualification requests and energy project proposals.

“It was tendered competitively at the national level, so there is no need for this tender process … because it has already been done,” said Bookman.

Bookman added that the change in interior lighting would bring annual electricity savings to the district as well as savings on maintenance by eliminating the need to replace lighting ballasts.

The board has not yet made a decision on Wednesday whether to continue the project at this point, but the issue is likely to be revisited at the board’s board meeting in November or December.

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