While students are away for the summer, work is progressing on a high efficiency boiler and energy savings project for the school district, according to officials.
Crews have been busy focusing on the project during the summer, with plans calling for it to be completed in late November, said Gary King, Honeywell’s project manager.
“We are hitting it hard this summer,” King said of the effort, which began last year.
He said workers have done a good job of concentrating on the task while “staying out of everyone’s way.”
King gave an update on how the $9.3 million project is progressing during the School Board’s July 18 meeting. He said crews were ready to go once school ended for the summer, with workers beginning the job in earnest to complete as much of the work as possible before the start of classes.
The work entails making capital improvements for greater energy efficiency for Ernest P. Barka Elementary School, East Derry Memorial Elementary School, Grinnell Elementary School, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, and West Running Brook Middle School. In addition, a program that includes energy saving projects and temperature control improvements will be added to South Range Elementary and Derry Village Elementary schools.
The project also includes new energy saving programs, such as LED lighting and software improvements to help lower costs. The project, which has a 16-year payout, will also improve ventilation and heating systems while upgrading controls on boiler systems, according to officials.
At East Derry Memorial Elementary School, crews have been busy removing old equipment in preparation for adding new equipment for greater energy efficiency.
Over at Grinnell, workers are focused on completing ventilation work in the older section of the building. The crews are also in the process of putting the ceilings back in place to allow staff members adequate time for cleaning, King explained.
At Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, new equipment has been installed with all of the necessary wiring completed.
Some minor work at Derry Village, South Range, and West Running Brook Schools is continuing, with most of the work confined to the boiler room, he said.
After starting last year, work continued through the winter, including the completion of the lighting program, pipe insulation, destratification fans, along with power management projects, King said. Crews worked in the evenings so as not to interfere with students, focusing on installing control systems and some HVAC systems.
Work also progressed on the installation and setup of devices that are plugged into an outlet to control the power of large devices like printers, vending machines. The devices are programmed through Wi-Fi.
Other work includes the placement of natural gas tanks at South Range School. After considering the options, officials chose to go with natural gas in the spring.
Plans call for finishing the project by the end of November, King said when asked by School Board Chairman Dan McKenna.
“Thanks for getting everything ready,” McKenna said, adding that he had heard good things about the project.