In 2010, Charlotte Public Schools announced a five-year district-wide improvement plan. The district facilities work program included a schedule of major repair and renovation projects necessary to maintain the educational and ancillary facilities of the district. One of the major renovation projects, included renovations of and addition to the existing Charlotte High School.
For the renovation of and addition to Charlotte High School, the existing heating system was converted from steam to hot water by adding a new heat exchanger and new circulation pumps. All of the existing steam piping, condensate pumps, feed water and chemical treatment systems were removed and replaced with new hot water heating as well as supply and return main and branch piping for each piece of equipment. The steam boilers were converted to hot water, and the new heat exchanger was removed.
In order for the new administration offices, gym, gym lobby, locker rooms and weight room to be able to operate through the whole year, including summer, a separate hot water heating system was provided. The new heating system consists of two L.E.S. hot water condensing boilers, circulation pumps, glycol fill system and piping.
The addition including administration offices, a new gym, gym lobby, locker rooms and a weight room is served by a new air-cooled water chiller located adjacent to the existing gym, in a separate enclosure. The system has a chilled water buffer tank, pumps, glycol filled system and piping. It also features a Building Automation System (BAS) for temperature controls, which utilizes a microprocessor based direct digital control (DDC) system. The system controls the new air handling equipment, unit ventilators, exhaust fans, heating system, chilled water system and existing systems.
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