The boiler at Marion-Florence High School quit working in March on two of their high school buildings. One of the buildings is the oldest public school building in Kansas and listed on the Kansas Historical Register. Luckily, they didn’t have any remaining cold days in the school year, because they had no heat in the building. The school district hired DCS Services who handled the design coordination and construction administration of the project. Through existing relationships with DCS Services, Dean E. Norris was recommended to work on this project.
The school district hired Dean E. Norris as their mechanical contractor. A week later crews were onsite removing approximately 30,000 square feet of existing, inefficient air conditioning systems from two buildings. They removed all the old window units. Crews installed new VRF systems including 60 indoor units, three ERV units and twelve pairs of outdoor (condensing units), plus piping, ductwork and insulation. They also installed the VRF system in the hallways that weren’t previously air conditioned or heated.
Dean E. Norris and the electrical contractor collaborated during the project making sure to accommodate one another, so everyone could complete the project in time for the school year. Each day crews cleaned up the project job site which the school district appreciated. The project was completed in 10 weeks and was finished almost two weeks ahead of the estimated schedule.
Marion-Florence High School now provides a better learning atmosphere for their students. The first few days of school, several teachers made comments about how the building was now comfortable after many years of not.