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2016 HVAC Project

Throughout 2015, the library maintenance staff was challenged by the many components of a poorly functioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Many service calls were conducted to keep the system running. It became apparent that an HVAC overhaul was necessary to not only keep members and staff comfortable, but to maintain a proper temperature for computer servers and collections.

Representatives from ELARA Engineering, a consulting firm, presented their recommendations for replacement of the HVAC Condensing Units to the Board of Trustees in January of 2016. The recommended project included:

  • Installing new condensing units
  • Using a more environmentally friendly refrigerant
  • Replacing the old direct expansion (DX) coils with new DX coils and associated piping
  • Adding demand controlled ventilation and associated air handling unit controls.

The project went out to bid in February and Core Mechanical was hired as the contractor. HVAC installation began in March and was completed in May of 2016. All components of the new HVAC system are functioning properly, with only routine checks by library maintenance staff.