The new 930-seat, Kindergarten-to-Grade-8 design build replacement school is designed to a LEED v4 (BD+C) Gold threshold.
The mechanical design features include:
- an Aermec air-source heat pump in the schools central plant that generates chilled water and low-temperature heating water. A high-efficiency, modular condensing boiler plant serves as a backup heating source for the heat pump and provides a high-level of modulation.
- Variable flow pumps connected to the hydronic distribution piping are controlled to maintain differential system pressure and deliver only the demand water volume.
- Multiple roof mounted air handling units distribute air to independently zoned spaces including classrooms, learning commons, offices, etc. The air handling units include energy-saving features such as variable air volume, heat recovery wheels and demand controlled ventilation. The units were zoned to serve spaces with similar exposures and usage, resulting in uniform air temperatures for optimal comfort and efficiency.
- Additional features, such as low-temperature radiant slabs in early-learning rooms and heat recovery ventilators in the external field house complement the larger mechanical design features.
Rocky Point Engineering is proud of the maintenance friendly and efficient mechanical design, and enjoyed collaborating with a design build team that instantly recognized the importance of incorporating the mechanical features into the overall design of the facility.