Ventilation Action Plan - Project Updates

  • Below you will find updates and documents related to the comprehensive maintenance, modification, and improvement plan for the ventilation systems in all Newton Public School buildings. The plan is monitored and evaluated by the City of Newton Public Buildings Department, in coordination with the facilities department of the Newton Public Schools.

    Current status is as follows:

    Ventilation System Service, Maintenance, and Adjustment Phase: Substantially Complete
    Engineering Analysis and Walk-Through Phase: 50% Complete
    Air Flow Testing and Balancing Phase: Just Started
    Work is expected to be completed by mid-November.
    Data from all three phases is posted as it comes in and can be found in the folders below. Early indications and observations show a significant increase in air flow and fresh air introduction. These initial observations will be documented and confirmed in the Air Flow Testing and Balancing Phase noted above.
    A dashboard to display the status of each space and each school is under development. Raw data is available in the folders below.

Ventilation Completed Documentation

Ventilation Action Plan - September 21, 2020

  • On Monday, September 21, 2020, NPS shared an updated plan for for ventilation repair, modification, and improvement. Linked below, you will find a memo and a slide presentation of the updated plan. A summary of the plan is as follows:

    Given the critical nature of ensuring both unit ventilators and all components of our HVAC systems are functioning at full capacity, the district, in partnership with the City of Newton Public Buildings Department, has developed a multi-pronged strategy to address repair, maintenance, and modifications to our mechanical ventilation systems. This multi-pronged strategy involves three key professional contractors to assist in achieving our objectives. 

    • Mechanical engineering firm
    • Air testing and balancing firm(s)
    • HVAC contractor(s) (in addition to current Boston Mechanical HVAC vendor), 

    Crowley Engineering, City of Newton on-call engineer, will perform an existing conditions analysis and technical assistance and support school buildings in the district. HVAC contractors will service, repair (if necessary), and improve (if possible) more than 1,000 unit ventilators in as many as 20 schools. The air testing and balancing firms will perform tests on all equipment to ensure maintenance services have achieved desired result. More details on the plan can be found in the documents below:

    Memo to NPS School Committee on September 21, 2020.

    Presentation to NPS School Committee on September 21, 2020.