The Bethune Community School in Minneapolis needed major mechanical and electrical upgrades to replace aging mechanical equipment, plumbing fixtures, lighting and electrical systems. TKDA provided mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural design services necessary to complete $4.5M in upgrades.
The project involved the removal of wall ventilators in each room and conversion of the existing heating/cooling piping system. The school was retro-fitted with a new ducted VAV (variable-air-volume) system throughout and included new air handling units, heating/cooling distribution piping and pumps and a new automated HVAC control system. The existing steam boiler was also replaced with three new high-efficiency hot water condensing boilers. The project included the installation of all new plumbing fixtures; electrical system upgrades which incorporated new LED lighting and control systems and related architectural improvements. TKDA also worked with the local utilities’ Energy Design Assistance (EDA) Program Team to identify potential design alternatives and energy rebates available to the Owner.