Column: Summer improvements enhance high schoolWORTHINGTON — Many changes to the mechanical structure in the high school have taken place over the summer.
By: Paul Karelis, District 518, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Many changes to the mechanical structure in the high school have taken place over the summer.
Much of the original 1954 construction needed to be removed before the new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) could be assembled and put into place. Parts of the entire building were completely gutted and fitted with new duct work. This was a huge job as construction companies tore out all the ceilings, old ducts, wiring and sprinkler systems that existed in the original part of the building. In some rooms, holes were cut through the ceiling and floors to accommodate the new heating and air conditioning systems located on the rooftops of the building. Unfortunately some rooms in the upper north wing lost valuable floor space because of the construction, but the teachers and students have adapted well. Many are happy with the new changes.
In addition, new energy efficient windows were installed in the upper north wing and in the Ag/Industrial Tech areas. In classrooms, ceiling-mounted radiant heat panels were positioned near exterior walls to even out the temperature in each classroom. Throughout the building, new computerized thermostats balance the air flow and keep the entire facility at a constant temperature. During this substantial project, nearly all the rooms were fitted with ceiling-mounted projectors, smart boards and dry erase white boards. (The days of washing chalk boards and erasers are history).
All who attend activities at the high school throughout the year will appreciate the comfort of the new air-handling systems and energy efficient lighting in the gymnasium. In the upper level on both ends of the gym, large air-handling units have been installed to carry out the heating and air conditioning needs of this large space. These changes will be a lifesaver at all of our indoor activities — including the one most important event of the year, the WHS Commencement Ceremony.
The purpose of this entire construction project was to make the Worthington High School building as energy efficient as possible. As a result, we will save money and resources for years to come and at the same time develop a safe, comfortable learning environment for all students.
Paul Karelis is the principal at Worthington High School.