Eudora School District USD 491, K-12 Expansion

The Eudora School District USD 491, serving Eudora, Kansas and the northeast part of Douglas County, has experienced significant growth over the past two decades, which has led to important expansion projects.
In August 2009, Environmental Mechanical was selected by Schneider Electric, the performance contractor, to play a key part in the latest expansion phase: the District's investment in a new science wing, a new Technical Education Center and a new auditorium. 
The Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center, completed in August 2010, houses the career and technical programs that previously were spread out in aging facilities in both Eudora and De Soto.  The Center includes an auto mechanics facility with radiant heaters; a printing lab and a painting booth which required the installation of sizable exhaust systems; and a full 1800 sq/ft culinary kitchen which requires the installation of exhaust hoods and proper ventilation throughout the entire facility. 

The new science wing of the school, also completed in August 2010, allows for expanded upper-level science offerings and will accommodate enrollment growth. 

The final project to be completed, in December 2010, was the new auditorium at Eudora High School which will more than double the capacity of the Eudora Middle School auditorium, giving greater flexibility to productions from kindergarten on up. 

To accommodate the aucustical ceiling tiles in the auditorium, Environmental Mechanical devised a method of securely hanging and fastening the duct work/grilles to accommodate the panels.  The duct/grilles above the stage presented a similar challenge for the HVAC installation, with an abundance of  cables and rigging that are used to manipulate the stage props, curtains, etc.  We used sheetmetal installation methods developed in our loft projects to accommodate the stage rigging that was situated below our duct. 

The project also included the installation of an energy recovery wheel which will add to the efficiency of each RTU by tempering the outside air before it is exhausted from the building. Each RTU will have to work much less since the air will already be somewhat heated or cooled, depending on the season. 

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