Oregon-Davis School Board Plans to Explore HVAC Options – WKVI Information Center
The Oregon-Davis School Board wants to see more options before moving forward with a $ 6 million HVAC project. At a special meeting Thursday, Chief Inspector Bill Bennett explained that Millies Engineering Group had been hired to provide a second opinion, after the sole proposition from the guaranteed savings provider EMCOR raised some red flags.
“We commissioned a 10-year study by Performance Services in approximately 2017,” explains Bennett. “When Performance Services executed their 10-year plan, they priced a little bit what different projects would cost. When we started getting some of the information back from EMCOR, at least at that point, we really didn’t feel like we were able to get as much coverage about the project as we wanted. “
A major concern has to do with high school unit fans. Bennett noted that, according to EMCOR’s proposal, Oregon-Davis could provide only about nine classrooms. Part of EMCOR’s recommendation was to switch to vertical units, but Millies believes that newer horizontal fans would still bring some benefits, but at half the cost.
“’What exactly do we need here in Oregon-Davis? Do we need the BMW from HVAC or do we need a really, really good Chevy or a brand new Ford? ‘was an example. So we started looking at many of the things that were priced here as premium items for the vertical units, ”said Bennett.
He added that two of the biggest needs are a new high school chiller and a new control system in both buildings.
Board member Lee Nagai said the review made it clear that certain technical issues were not fully addressed and that the board was not given full options. In the future, he plans to ask EMCOR if other options have been considered but not presented and why. The school board may also meet with representatives from one or both companies.
Nagai felt that the board should know what questions to ask before making a final decision. At the moment he did not think that the extra step would slow down the entire project, as it currently takes longer to order parts. Regardless, he said the work would likely not take place until the summer of 2022.