The Oregon-Davis School Corporation may be starting over with their HVAC project. Superintendent Bill Bennett said the school board decided last week to discontinue services with EMCOR, a year and a half after hiring the company as a guaranteed savings provider.
“We couldn’t really agree on the scope and the sequence with them, what we would have done, so we’re going to take a different route to try and do it maybe a little more economically,” says Benett. .
A major concern is unit fans in high school. According to EMCOR’s proposal, the school would only be able to afford about nine classrooms. “This is one of the reasons we are going to look for another supplier, that way hopefully we can do more rooms, if not all of them.” Basically with EMCOR we were looking to replace just about everything and install new ones. We’re going to see if there’s someone who maybe can refurbish some of the things we have, but still be able to get coverage for both buildings and do the whole project.
As part of a guaranteed savings contract, a state-certified service provider guarantees that the work is amortized over a certain period, through reductions in energy or maintenance costs. Now Bennett says the school corporation will recheck the project, both as a guaranteed savings contract and a traditional tendering process, to open it up to other engineering firms and construction contractors. .