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Newfield Schools Boiler Work to Begin Today; Board, Engineers Discuss New Heating System

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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 9:20 am

NEWFIELD – With emergency work to repair two damaged boilers set to begin Friday, Newfield Central School District’s administration and Board of Education met with consultants to discuss their next move—a capital project to replace the district’s ailing heating system.

Paul Bedford, an architect, and John Hewitt, a mechanical engineer, of Keystone Associates, attended a Thursday, Dec. 19, school board meeting to present options for replacing the heating system and a rough timeframe for the project.

It is unlikely a new system could be designed and installed before 2015, they cautioned.

In addition to simply replacing the failing boilers and other components of the system with newer, more efficient equipment, Hewitt said other options to explore included solar, geothermal and cogeneration heating systems. Keystone will look at all the various choices and conduct a life-cycle cost analysis, he said.

Johnson Controls, the contractor chosen to complete up to $100,000 in emergency repairs, will repair two boilers by removing cast-iron sections that are cracked and replacing them.

Until that emergency repair is finished, the school district will continue to rely on one functioning boiler to provide heat to its three school buildings

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