ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Excessive College board of training on Wednesday permitted bids on two enchancment tasks deliberate for the summer time.
Helm Group of Freeport efficiently bid on the overall contracting for each tasks in the course of the December bid schedule.
The primary was the air flow renovation of the varsity’s CTE welding lab. Helm bid $390,850.
The opposite was the set up of 62 air purification items in lecture rooms all through the varsity. Helm bid $216,450.
The brand new purification system has benefits over the present excessive effectivity particulate air filters, also referred to as HEPA. The air filters have been in place since faculty resumed in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Ron McCord mentioned.
The first one might be value: the brand new items should not have alternative filters that should be bought and swapped out.
“Instead of only a small HEPA filter for air purification, we can have items of medical grade in all the school rooms to assist reduce contaminants, whether or not they be bacterial, fungi or virus,” McCord mentioned.
He additionally mentioned the brand new items “mainly bolt to the wall and plug in” and might be higher suited to scrubbing the air in massive open areas than the present HEPA ground filters. He mentioned he believed the brand new items got here with a seven-year guarantee.
Services director Bryan Berogan mentioned the primary planning assembly with the contractors might be Feb. 2. He expects work within the welding store to start in earnest in late Might, although some groundwork can start instantly. The air purification venture should wait till after faculty is dismissed for the summer time.
Provide chain woes contributed to delays within the warmth and air con set up tasks final yr, and Berogan is anticipating the identical. “Getting the tools right here might be a problem,” he mentioned.