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March 10, 2013

Heating system study OK'd

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He said the heating system worked improperly from the first day it was turned on.

They couldn’t go back to the original architect because the firm filed for bankruptcy, Palmer said.

LaVigne said the entire heating system was incorrectly designed.

“There are certain pressure valves that run at a higher pressure than necessary, which causes them to freeze up,” he said.

“The pressures in the system are not where they should be. We need to retrofit several valves to get them to the proper pressures. Also, some valves are not protected from the cold weather.”

Basic and preliminary engineering is covered by the price, LaVigne said, and AES will provide them with details on what to do to fix things.

“The (heat) delivery system is actually designed for a southern clime,” he said. “We have cold weather.”

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