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August 2, 2012

Helicopters to provide MWISD with fresh air

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

A helicopter will hover above Travis and Houston elementary schools next Tuesday, installing over 90 of 120 new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units slated to replace the schools’ 22-year-old systems.

The purchase and installation project comes through a $1.2 million grant from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office’s “Cool Schools” grant program to update the systems and replace dated equipment.

MWISD Maintenance Director James Bradford said Mineral Wells ISD hired Irving-based Pepco Energy Services Inc. last fall through a request-for-qualifications process, and worked together to obtain the Cool Schools grant funding. Pepco will upgrade the HVAC infrastructure by replacing the inefficient, rooftop units at Travis and Houston with new, high-efficiency rooftop units – nearly doubling the efficiency over the existing units.

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