Northwest Allen County Schools faced a decision to either build a second high school or expand and renovate the existing facility, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They chose to expand and renovate the existing while maintaining operations through the 3 year $52 million construction period.
The expansion included new academic classrooms for science, music, art, industrial technology, agriculture, a new data center for the district, new athletic training and gymnasium space, as well as new administrative offices. Primary Engineering worked very closely with the school district and design team to develop a renovation project that was properly sequenced to allow continuous use of the facility and all of it’s HVAC, power, and communication systems while the project was under way.
The mechanical plant improvements included the addition of 1400 tons of cooling, a new boiler plant, 27 new air handlers, energy recovery units, new building controls, and extensive upgrades to the existing boiler chiller plant distribution system.
The power systems included a new service entrance and close coordination with phasing to keep power on to all areas of the building during the upgrades. Our design team worked very closely with the IT department to install a complete upgrade to all communication systems that includes 10 GB fiber backbones throughout the building to allow for the convergence of their VOIP phones, IP clocks, IP door access control, 280 IP surveillance cameras, 300 wireless access points, and an IP PA system. The network cabling system includes approximately 1,000,000 feet of new category 6 cable in this building.