This summer, Fern Hill, Edison and Sherman elementary schools will receive upgrades to their heating ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.
Workers will replace the buildings’ existing automation energy management systems, air filters, wiring, control valves and sensors to ensure proper heating for potentially increased airflow for indoor air quality in the schools.
These upgrades will also allow the schools to monitor energy efficiency for classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria and other large spaces to improve comfort and indoor air quality.
Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) conducts routine tests to ensure classrooms have the amount of air flow required by the state Department of Health. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department inspects all TPS sites every other year. The district has met and continues to meet or surpass state air quality requirements.
TPS is also working to modify school HVAC systems to reach state health department recommended (not required) modifications to meet even higher standards of air quality. All school sites will be updated to meet this higher recommended standard, unless they already meet the recommendation.
This work will be funded with both voter-approved bond dollars and federal recovery funds.