A broken HVAC chiller. Mold issues. 500 students needing to return to school. The pressures around managing aging schools are never-ending and are further complicated when buildings close due to faulty or broken systems.
For an Alabama elementary school, this was a reality. A two-month replacement lead time only made it worse.
“In this case, the existing chiller went down and could not be repaired,” said Chad Malo, Trane Commercial Rental account manager. “A new chiller was required, which had to be engineered prior to its installation. In addition, this school had a history of mold issues due to high humidity whenever the chiller went down.”
This school isn’t alone. More than half of the 130,000 public and private K-12 schools across the United States need significant building improvements1, according to surveys compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.
Since the late 90s, research2 conducted on the state of our national school buildings has illuminated many building maintenance requirements from aging schools and inconsistent funding to staying ahead of facility infrastructure issues3. Because building improvements are frequently deferred due to budget constraints, many school systems find themselves in emergency situations while seeking funding sources for permanent repairs.
“School closures due to HVAC issues can be mitigated quickly with a variety of application solutions,” said Ray Micheletti, Trane Regional Rental Solutions leader for the Southeast Region. “We’ve helped many schools stay open safely by quickly rolling out a temporary HVAC solution to help solve ventilation and cooling and heating issues.”