Ongoing Facility Improvement Projects: Remodeling of the ELC/Elementary School and installation of the first 32 of 109 new Air-Conditioning units to be installed by the end of the year.
Continuing with the ANS Facility Improvement Plan, work is well underway in regards to the remodeling of the Elementary/ELC School Area and in preparing for the installation of 32 new air conditioning units. During the upcoming summer break, the ANS Facilities Office will oversee the installation of A/C units in the ELC and High School building, including the ELC classrooms, science labs and High School building classrooms. Once the installation of these new 32 units is complete, an additional 77 new energy efficient air conditioning units will replace several low efficiency units currently operating in ANS. This means that by the end of 2015, ANS will add 109 new air conditioning units to the 116 high efficiency units installed in 2013 and 2014. This will allow for all instructional and office spaces in ANS to be climate controlled; a first among Nicaraguan schools.
Innovative energy conservation practices have been continuously implemented by using energy efficient air conditioning units, energy efficient lighting and a recently revamped electrical system. These practices allow for a reduction of ANS’ electricity bill, which in turn leads to the better allocation of school resources.
According to ANS Facilities Manager, architect René García, the Facilities Office will also carry out the replacement of all skylight sheets in the Covered Athletic Area, replacing these with the latest generation polycarbonate sheets. ANS will also make important upgrades in specific points to the electrical system.
In summary, in addition to other smaller projects, the Facilities office will carry out the following projects in the upcoming months:
- Installation of 32 new A/C units both in ELC and High School classrooms
- Replacement of 77 air-conditioning units (expected to be completed by the end of 2015)
- Replacement of all skylights sheets in the CAA, using latest generation polycarbonate
- Key improvements to the electrical system