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    SBHS HVAC Upgrades to Provide Heat and AC More Efficiently While Saving Money

    The Santa Barbara Unified Board of Trustees approved a new project to provide efficient heating and air conditioning at Santa Barbara High School.

    The need for a new heating system started in Spring 2022 when it failed in the 60s, 70s, and 80s wings. The units were over 50 years old and cannot be repaired as parts are no longer available.

    Portable electric heaters have been provided for each classroom in these wings while a long-term fix was worked on.

    On July 25, 2022, the Board approved a proposal from Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc. for a design to install a new heating system in the wings. The estimated cost of this project was $1,500,000 with Routine Restricted Maintenance funding.

    During the discovery phase of the project, it was determined that individual heating units for each classroom would be the most cost-effective way to restore heat to the classrooms. This would require the construction of a closet in each room to house the units.

    However, the District looked into the options and recommended installing heat pumps on the roof, which would also provide efficient air conditioning for the classrooms.

    “Every year, we see the need for air conditioning growing in our schools as we see more hot summer days. This option will provide Santa Barbara High School with efficient heating and air conditioning that will be better for the environment while saving the District money,” said Dr. Hilda Maldonado, Superintendent.

    The $3,158,680 project will be paid for with Measure I 2016 funds. It will include heating, air conditioning, and roofing repairs for 60s, 70s, and 80s wings.

    Work on the project will begin in the Summer of 2024,

    Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Santa Barbara Unified School Districthttps://www.sbunified.org/
    Established on June 6, 1866, Santa Barbara’s educational tradition is one of the oldest in the state of California. Its traditions are rooted in the 18th-century Spanish era. For over a century, our graduates have gone on to become community, state, and nationally recognized leaders.


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