Friday, September 27, 2013

Out with the Old

While the doors to the restaurant and classrooms were closed this summer and students were away, The Collins College took the opportunity to complete some much-needed improvements throughout Building 79.
A large crane gets in postiton to install new HVAC units. 

This building, which houses the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, classrooms and faculty offices, was built over two decades ago. The original light fixtures, roofing, skylights, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units needed replacing as they exceeded their life expectancy.  Some of the rooms needed a fresh new look.

Each new HAVC unit was painstakingly installed by the large crane.
Project Manager Andrew Naranjo made sure all renovations furthered the college’s sustainability efforts. Eco-friendly LED lighting replaced the old bulbs in the dining rooms, beverage lab, lobby, and some in the kitchen. Six aging HVAC units were taken off the roof and replaced with new, energy efficient ones. Some of the existing skylights were replaced with new solar reflective coated skylights. Additionally, the existing roofing was covered with a new reflective energy smart roof, which reflects the sun’s rays allowing the building to remain cool while reducing air conditioning costs.

With support from The Collin’s College Board of Advisors, the outdated classroom used for the restaurant’s lunch and dinner classes received new paint; flooring; tack boards; marker boards; a coat closet; a storage cabinet; a mobile lectern, and upgraded audio visual equipment.

Building 79B also got some work done this summer with plenty of freshly painted, rearranged offices and a new and improved faculty and staff lounge. 

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