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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

North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) recently announced that Garden City resident Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, has been appointed director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of neurology, neurological surgery and internal medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Dr. Temes is a nationally recognized leader in neurocritical care and we are delighted to have him on board to spearhead our efforts in further expanding the neurocritical care services program,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and CNI’s director. For the past seven years, Dr. Temes served as director of the neurocritical care program he founded at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He also served as the hospital’s medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and as director of the Therapeutic Hypothermia Service. Under Dr. Temes’ leadership, he established Rush’s neurological emergencies transfer center, which grew to transfer 1,200 patients annually from over 30 institutions throughout southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and western Michigan.

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


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