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Martin Luther King High School Mechanical Master Plan Design


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<br style='line-height:2px'>School District of Philadelphia

HAKS is providing MEP design services and related architectural and structural design for the replacement of the HVAC system at the 42-year-old Martin Luther King High School for the School District of Philadelphia. The objective of the $6.5 million project is to select equipment that minimizes service-intensive components while providing redundancy. The equipment replacement is taking place throughout the entire 370,000-square-foot school.  In addition to energy-efficient mechanical systems, the master plan design may include natural ventilation and passive heating and cooling

The new boiler plant will consist of three cast iron boilers each sized at 50% capacity. Makeup air will be provided by three separate pairs of dampered air outlets to minimize outdoor air in the mechanical room. Gas-fired unit heaters will temper outside air to eliminate freeze-ups. A 5,000-gallon fuel oil tank will allow the plant to operate on both natural gas and fuel oil.

To minimize equipment service requirements and provide redundancy, two water-cooled chillers will replace the current unit.