SVHS inches closer to restoring air conditioning in academic wing

May 8, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Contractors took another big step toward completing a major project at Spring Valley High School in Huntington on Tuesday morning, installing new rooftop air-conditioning units as part of an ongoing project to replace the entire HVAC system and install a new roof on the school.

Manheim Construction, a Pittsburgh-based company, was awarded the contract for HVAC replacement at a total cost of $2,866,000.

According to Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander, there was one functioning air-conditioning unit in the building providing cool air to the commons area and some classrooms downstairs, but the academic wing had been without air since the second unit was disconnected.

While it was down, Spring Valley dismissed early Thursday and Friday last week as school officials cited high classroom temperatures and warned parents that future early releases could be possible until a new air-conditioning unit was in place.

The building was closed to all students and staff until 4 p.m. Tuesday while crews were working to install the units.

Due to the nature of the project, the entire AC unit in the academic wing is being replaced. Alexander said the unit had to be taken out of service and turned off in order to install the new unit.

With the installation of the new rooftop units, the school is one step closer to restoring air conditioning to the entire building. Alexander said now that the units are installed, interior work can begin on duct work and other components to restore full capacity service to the school.

Completion of the entire project — including roof replacement—is expected by August before students return for the 2019-20 school year. Construction began earlier this year in January just before students returned to school after winter break.