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HVAC Modernization Program

Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) is modernizing its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
 
This is an 18-24 month process that will occur in two phases.

Frequently Asked Questions


What's the status of the district's heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) modernization program?

The district is modernizing all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the classrooms and instructional spaces of Branham, Del Mar, Leigh, Prospect, and Westmont High Schools. The HVAC systems of some schools will be completely overhauled, while other schools may receive minor modifications based on the age of their current systems.
 
How long will it take to complete the modernization of the HVAC systems
at district schools?

The district’s HVAC modernization program began in May 2016. It will take approximately 18-24 months to complete the improvements. Individual schools may present specific challenges or complexities due to the age of their current systems.

Will all areas of the schools have air conditioning at the end of the HVAC modernization program?

Only classrooms and instructional spaces will have air conditioning at the end of the HVAC modernization program.

Which schools will get air conditioning first and when?
 

Del Mar and Leigh High Schools will have air conditioning by the end of August 2016. Work on Branham’s HVAC systems will commence after August; about 30% of Branham’s classrooms and instructional spaces will have air conditioning by November 2016. This is the end of phase one.

Phase two begins with the installation of air conditioning at Prospect, Westmont, and the remaining 70% of Branham’s classrooms and instructional spaces. This will occur over another 18 months or so.   

Why is the district upgrading the HVAC systems in only 30% of Branham's classrooms during the first phase of this project?

Branham currently relies on three different and antiquated systems to supply heating and ventilation. Due to the age and complexity of this set up, the district will only be able to install air conditioning in about 30% of the school’s classrooms and instructional spaces during this first phase.

Why did the district choose to install air conditioning at Del Mar and Leigh first?


Both Del Mar and Leigh were already partially set up to receive air conditioning through the installation of package units. The physical layouts and existing HVAC systems of the two schools are also similar, making the installation of new HVAC systems easier.

When will air conditioning come to Prospect and Westmont and the remaining
70% of Branham's classrooms?

Phase two of the HVAC modernization program begins in November 2016. The district will work constantly over the next 22 months using alternate shifts starting at about 3:00 PM and ending at 11:00 PM to avoid interfering with classroom instruction during the day. That is why it will take longer bring air conditioning to Prospect, Westmont, and the remaining 70% of Branham’s classrooms.

How do teachers operate the new classroom air conditioners installed as part of the district's HVAC modernization program?

The air conditioners are controlled by a thermostat that is set to automatically run from 7:00 to 9:30 in the morning. After that time, teachers can warm or cool the classroom for 30 minutes to 4 hours at a time by pressing the “Override” button located on the central display. The Override button also allows teachers to adjust the temperature up or down by 3 degrees.
 
Are there any complications that could delay the installation of air conditioning at Branham, Prospect, or Westmont?

Preliminary analysis indicates that Branham and Prospect represent the greatest challenge for this project due to the age and complexity of their current HVAC systems. The district may find additional work that needs to be done once HVAC contractors ascend into the rafters and ceilings of the two schools.

For example, Prospect operates off a central chiller and boiler from the 1960s, and the school’s aging ventilation system may also need to be repaired or replaced. Depending upon the extent of the work that is needed, it’s possible that the district may need to delay work at Prospect until the summer of 2017 so as not to disrupt school activities during the year.

Does the district have any plans to upgrade Boynton’s HVAC system?


Boynton already has air conditioning at the school, but the district will need to install new thermostat controls to improve the efficiency and performance of the school’s current HVAC system.
 
Does the district have plans for additional facility improvements at the schools?
 
 
The district is participating in a lighting retrofit in parallel with phase one of the HVAC modernization program. This involves replacing the outside gym and multipurpose room lights at schools with light emitting diodes (LEDs). This will allow the district to save additional money on energy costs. It’s estimated that the lighting retrofit will save the district $150,000 to $200,000 a year. This is in addition to the energy savings derived from the installation of new, high efficiency HVAC systems. The lighting retrofit will occur over six to eight months and should be completed no later than January 2017.

Additionally, the district is building new classrooms and/or renovating existing classrooms to house career technical education (CTE) programs associated with Del Mar, Prospect, and Westmont High Schools. Work at Westmont has already begun. Beginning in the fall of 2016, work at Del Mar and Prospect will begin and last throughout the 2016-17 school year.