BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Health Services building was closed for extended periods last winter and spring because of air quality concerns and problems with the heating and cooling system. Facilities Director Lee Randall asked County Commissioners, Monday, to approve a new contract to replace the HVAC system. He tells KBND News, "The system had reached the end of its serviceable life, and the goal is to, instead of replacing with 'like for like' equipment, change to a hot water boiler based system." Currently, the building uses a combustion system.
Randall says last winter's problems came from exhaust fumes emitted by the HVAC units on the building's roof, "We will go into next winter's heating season with a new, better system, and we're ready to avoid any of the challenges we faced this last winter." The project could cost up to $650,000. Randall says that includes, "Replacement of 24 HVAC units that are roof-mounted, replacement of a small portion of the roof, and a conversion of the existing system to a hot-water boiler system." He adds, "We will be finalizing the final cost via a construction manager general contractor arrangement, by which the contractor, when the design's complete, will provide a guaranteed maximum price for the project."
Commissioners are expected vote on the SunWest Builders contract request at their Wednesday meeting. Randall hopes the project will begin in late August, be functional by October first, and entirely complete by the beginning of December.