The James City County Board of Supervisors took the next steps in updating its fire stations with two approvals at its monthly meeting.
On Tuesday, the supervisors unanimously voted to spend a total of $441,000 to replace the HVAC systems at Fire Station 2 and Fire Station 5. Both systems had reached the end of their lifespan said Mark Abbott, county operations project coordinator, at Tuesday’s meeting.
Abbott said the upgraded HVAC systems will save “millions of dollars” in repairs in the future.
“The new systems will provide an increase in energy efficiency as well as an improvement in occupancy comfort and humidity control,” Abbott said.
Fire Station 2, located at 8429 Pocahontas Trail, needs $223,500 worth of work. Fire Station 5, located at 3201 Monticello Avenue, needs $217,500 worth of repairs, according to county documents.
The funding for the HVAC systems will come from the fiscal year 2018 budget.
Damuth Trane, based in Chesapeake, will perform the work. Over the past decade, the general services department has used Damuth Trane HVAC systems at numerous county facilities.
Using the same company reduces equipment downtime, improves response
time and customer service, because parts will be on-hand and interchangeable from facility to facility, according to a memo to the supervisors from Abbott.
Fire Station 2 HVAC improvements include the removal of two gas furnaces and Fire Station 5 HVAC upgrades includes the replacement of four gas furnaces.
Both stations will be replaced with four high efficiency variable speed heat pumps, according to county documents.
The county has five fire stations, but the other three do not need upgrades yet.
Fire stations 1 and 4 have been built within the last three years and the HVAC system doesn’t need to be replaced, according to general services director, Grace Boone.
Fire station 3 isn’t due for an HVAC overhaul until 2025, according to Boone.