Following a successful referendum, KFI was contracted to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology engineering services for Waconia School District’s new elementary school. This new school, named Laketown Elementary, accommodates 600 students with an anticipated future expansion to serve up to 800 students in a 21st century learning environment.
Early on in the project, KFI performed energy modeling for the future building. The model compared various mechanical systems, plug loads, glazing types, roof types and insulation levels. Energy use, cost savings, and system paybacks were calculated for each system combination. This information was used by the project team to determine which systems would be the best fit for the school and would provide the most value for the district. The model and recommendations were presented to the district for their consideration.
Following the district’s approval, KFI began designing the selected systems. Throughout the building the school utilizes high efficiency condensing boilers, high efficiency chillers, energy recovery air handling units, chilled beam systems, and LED lighting. Additionally, induction displacement units were placed throughout the cafeteria, along with in-floor radiant heat within classrooms.
In addition to an energy efficient mechanical and electrical system design KFI provided technology design for the state of the art security systems, communication systems, and audio and visual systems throughout the school. KFI’s design of the technology system included cabling, patching, outlets, jacks, pathways, outlets, conduit, boxes, and power. The audio and visual system design included infrastructure for video walls and projection in the cafeteria, media center, gymnasium, and a divisible classroom. The building has a power-over-ethernet clock system (no batteries to replace), a complete paging system, and a complete 10G to the desktop cabling infrastructure using category 6A cabling as well as wireless infrastructure throughout the building.
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