RETROFITTING FLORENCE ELEMENTARY!
The new year leads to new resolutions and one of the most common resolutions is to get FIT. In the words of Jane Fonda, “it’s not just about how you look, it’s about how you feel”. The same holds true for getting buildings into better shape! Making a building LOOK better can be pretty easily achieved with new paint, tile and other finishes. Making a building FEEL better is more complicated, but so worth the effort. And Florence Elementary is about to FEEL much better. The existing building, constructed in the early 1960’s, is truly getting retroFIT!
MECHANICAL CLOSET/HEAT PUMP (right)
LIGHTING SENSOR (far right)
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ADDITION (above)
NEW FRONT ENTRANCE (left)
Prior to the renovation, each classroom was cooled with window unit air conditioning and was heated with radiator units under the windows. As part of the renovations, an existing broom closet has been expanded to create a larger closet that now houses mechanical equipment (heat pump, controls and related items) on top, and lateral file storage below. A new boiler and piping system to feed the heat pumps were also installed, as was new duct work. New Roof Top Units (RTUs) will condition the fresh air that is being brought into the building. New LED lighting, including sensors that automatically adjust the light in response to natural light from classroom windows, is now in place. And speaking of windows, all new energy efficient windows are being installed. These new HVAC, electrical and other improvements are part of an overall “energy management” system that will control costs and maximize comfort.
Florence Elementary is getting some LOOK good upgrades as well. There is a new entrance that joins the existing school with the new 11,000 sf addition that will house the Boys & Girls Club program and in the existing building, new tile and fixtures in the bathrooms, renovated skylights, and new paint and ceiling tiles in the classrooms.