Center for Educational Opportunity Air Conditioning Upgrades/Renovations

Aberdeen, MD

BKM acted as the prime consultant to provide MEP design services for the systemic renovations to the Center for Educational Opportunity. The Center for Educational Opportunity (CEO) is a single-story 107,000-square-foot facility that houses seventh through twelfth grade students from various areas of Harford County. This school focuses on preparing college and/or career-ready students by promoting both academically and behaviorally conscience individuals. The CEO campus includes three buildings (the main school building, an annex boiler room building, and a planetarium building) and serves several programs (typical classrooms, Teen Diversion area, Professional Development areas, and the transient planetarium facilities used by students across the county). Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled. BKM worked with HCPS and the CEO staff to meet the unique phasing and design challenges of this school.

Prior to this project, the majority of the school was served by heating only unit ventilators and/or air handling units.  This project included the demolition of portions of the existing heating system including the heating water pumps, air handling units and portions of the heating water piping. New heating water pumps and accessories were installed under this project. A new 150 ton air cooled VRF system was installed to provide heating and cooling in the classroom areas, administration and health suite, library, and the planetarium offices/classroom. The VRF system comprised of cassette type terminal units and portions of the building were designed to include heat recovery. The VRF system was coupled with eight dedicated outside air (DOAS) units to provide ventilation air to the spaces. The DOAS units were equipped with energy recovery wheels, packaged air cooled DX cooling, and hot water heating coils. Air cooled package rooftop units were provided to serve the cafeteria, gymnasium, fitness room, and planetarium.   
Prior to engineering any electrical modifications, an analysis of the existing switchboard and building loads was performed which resulted in being able to retain the existing switchboard. New branch panelboards were connected to the existing switchboard to serve the new mechanical equipment and were strategically located throughout the school to minimize branch circuit runs.
The work provided air conditioning and all supporting utilities for the entire building to meet the current Maryland Department of Education (MDE) standards and most importantly to enhance the educational environment within the school facility. 

Project Details

  • Client Harford County Public Schools
  • Size 107,000 SF
  • Cost $4.1 M
  • Architect GWWO, Inc./Architects