Board OKs $1.2 million HVAC system makeover
The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at Monticello Trails Middle School soon will get a makeover — to the tune of about $1.2 million.
The De Soto school board unanimously approved Monday a bid of $1,221,759 from Rand Construction Company Inc., Kansas City, Mo., to replace 18 rooftop HVAC units. Replacement would include only the original building, facilities director Steve Deghand said, not an expansion that was completed in 2001.
The replacement would give each classroom independent thermostats, he said.
The current HVAC system was installed in 1994, Deghand said, noting that the lifespan of an HVAC is 15 to 20 years.
The bid that was approved wasn’t the lowest the district received. Rand Construction submitted three bids estimating the cost of equipment from three separate manufacturers — Trane, York and AAON. The York bid was lowest at $1,217,552. The second-lowest bid using AAON equipment was the one Deghand recommended.
“York self-disclosed at the beginning that they couldn’t meet all the specifications” of the project, Deghand said. AAON equipment would provide more energy savings and better humidity control, he said.
The bid amount also reflects a savings of $124,500, Deghand said, if the board were to approve replacing the roof concurrently. Roof replacement was already on the wish list for summer 2013, he said. But moving forward with the replacement would remove the expense of patching around each HVAC unit that is installed.
“We think we could get a better bang for our buck,” he said.
Deghand said Rand had experience with doing HVAC and roofing replacements simultaneously, and “would make special pathways or walkways so as not to damage the roof.”
Board member Tim Blankenship made it clear in his motion that roof replacement was not part of the deal just yet.
“This bid is not for the roof; doesn’t include the roof, and ... we would not do this until after the board approves a bid for the roof,” he said.
Deghand said he hoped to have roof bids in hand by April so that the project, which he estimated would take about 12 weeks, could get under way by the end of May. The money for the roof will come out of leftover bond issue funds that were approved in 2008 for expansions of De Soto and Mill Valley high schools, as well as construction of Belmont Elementary, Deghand said.
In other action Monday, the board:
• Broke for a 20-minute executive session to discuss nonelected personnel. The board then broke for another 20-minute executive session, which was extended to 35 minutes, to discuss attorney-client privileged matters. Following that, the board broke for one final 20-minute executive session to discuss nonelected personnel. No action was taken following any of the executive sessions.