Small Fixes To Be Done

MOUNDSVILLE – A few items remain to be completed before a final punch list is completed at Cameron High School within the next few weeks, officials said Tuesday.

During a meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education, Rick Milhoan of Project and Construction Services said the punch list for the school, which opened to students in January, is near completion. He said small fixes are being made as crews review the items on that list, and issues with warranties are being addressed on items and purchases that have not held up thus far. Other areas of focus include railing throughout the school complex, as well as some issues with the elevators.

However, Milhoan said the focus remains on the cooling tower for the chilled beam HVAC system, which has been a point of contention with Scalise Industries Inc., which is involved in a lawsuit with the board. Larry Dunn, an independent mechanical engineer who has been involved with the HVAC work throughout the project, recapped the issues with system, which will require remedial work and an additional cooling tower before it can operate as designed.

Dunn said the system was turned on May 2 to ensure students taking the WESTEST 2 were doing so in a comfortable setting. He said the system worked nicely, though drastic changes had to be made to make it operational. The system ran consistently until June 17, when it was powered down in preparation to be rebuilt according to plan.

Elsewhere in the system, air vents may need to be installed, which Dunn said could have an effect on energy savings, maintenance and operations. He cited some rooms not heating at all, which required a bleeding of the lines, as an example of what happens without proper ventilation. The dust collection unit in the system also has some issues that need to be worked out, Dunn said.

Dunn said crews were working to rebuild the system the correct way as quickly as possible in an effort to get it turned back on by July 23. Students are set to start school in Cameron at the beginning of August. He, along with Milhoan and Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms, said they believe once the system is completed as designed, it stands to save the district money and have a positive impact on education in the building.

“I had 100 percent of the teachers tell me they were satisfied with it,” Simms said. “It is so quiet, and I think you will see the energy savings.”