Pontiac High School Infrastructure Upgrade

School District of the City of Pontiac
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Building Size
342,500 sq. ft
Phase I
Phase II
Project Budget
Client Contact
Robert Englund School District of the City of Pontiac

The initial phase of infrastructure renovation for Pontiac High School addressed numerous mechanical system failures within the pneumatic control and hot water systems. An initial investigation revealed that many classroom unit ventilators were disconnected, or beyond repair, as well as numerous air handles that were years beyond their useful life.

The temperature within the building was inconsistent, leaving many rooms more than 10 degrees F above or below setpoint. This resulted in either an extremely warm or extremely cold learning environment for students and faculty. Many of the steam to hot water heat exchangers in the boiler room were rusted, leaking, and improperly exchanging condensation, which caused a significant financial setback for Pontiac prior to renovations.

After the initial inspection, a plan was developed to resolve system failures within the building. All new LED lighting, and state-of-the-art direct digital controls (DDC) were installed to improve energy efficiency, and stabilize the temperature throughout the school. The leaking heat exchangers were replaced, and boiler room mechanical upgrades were implemented. In addition, dozens of new unit ventilators and air handles were installed to provide cleaner, more stabilized air control throughout the building. These improvements significantly reduced utility costs for Pontiac High School, helping to enhance the learning environment and create an atmosphere of unity and school pride.

Project Overview

  • $5.8 million infrastructure renovation of Pontiac High School
  • Implemented renovation in an occupied high school with limited summer break time, and limited available blueprints of as built building.
  • Replaced air control system with state-of-the-art direct digital control system (DDC) for stabilized temperature reading.

Project Team

Project Architect
Project Designer
Agnieszka Coletta, Assoc. AIA
Mechanical Designer
Corey S. Watts