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Cold Ventilator Blues

Stewart School units freeze;

delays ensue

Frederick W. Seeba of BBS Architects & Engineers recently delivered an update to the Garden City Board of Education regarding the school district’s $36.5 million investment bond for renovations and construction.

The investment was approved back in 2009, and according to Seeba, five of six contractors have completed their work, with the exception of Farmingdale-based Thermo Tech Combustion Inc.

According to Seeba, Thermo Tech completed all their items, however there were “a handful of items” BBS Architects & Engineers is not accepting, and wants them to go back to do additional work.

Most recently, the school district had 13 ventilators at the Stewart School freeze, resulting in BBS Architects & Engineers taking a second look at conditions in the district’s buildings and finding the additional work to be added to Thermo Tech’s punch list.

“We have sent Thermo Tech a letter, outlining all additional items found, asked for a schedule on when those items will be completed, however we have not received a response yet,” Seeba said.

Offering an explanation for the freezing ventilators, Seeba said some of the units that Thermo Tech installed “were not sealed tightly to the outside wall, allowing some of the outside air to come inside, go around the coiled compartment and cause freeze-ups in the end compartments.”

“Fortunately we only cracked one coil of Thermo Techs work, and the rest just thawed out once they started working again and heat returned to the building,” Seeba said.

The work needed to be done to rectify the situation was described by Seeba as “somewhat intrusive,” saying that Thermo Tech will have to possibly shut down heat in the entire building, disconnect piping and wiring, and weather permitting, may have to wait until February break or longer to begin.

“We would have to shut down heat in the entire building, unless we can isolate certain areas with zone valves - it will be a time consuming job,” Seeba said, who then offered a possible alternative strategy of removing outdoor air intakes and sealing from outside.

In the meantime, Seeba said that actions will be taken to prevent further freeze-ups, including implementing control sequence modifications and staying in communication with Con Edison Solutions, which the district entered into an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with in 2011.

While Seeba referred to the news of five of six contractors completing their work as “good,” Garden City Board of Education President Barbara Trapasso spoke on behalf of the rest of the board saying, “we are not happy.”

“A statement was made last month that this work would be done by Jan. 3, now you’re talking about February and March—this should have been done last year,” Trapasso said, who Seeba sympathized and agreed with.

When asked why this work is being done following the freeze-ups, Seeba explained that a number of people reviewed the work, and said, “unfortunately, there is no way to tell that the unit is not sealed until you have a cold snap and you can stick your hand in and feel cold air blowing into the compartment.”

Seeba estimated that Thermo Tech installed 55 to 60 ventilators, which they will inspect every one, beginning with the 13 that froze at the Stewart School.

Estimating on the length of the job, Seeba said it depends on how Thermo Tech can prove to BBS Architects & Engineers that the units are sealed properly. Seeba also said that any costs for the extra expenditures that can be attributed directly to Thermo Tech will be issued.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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