Athena Engineering, Inc. was selected by McKinstry Essention as the HVAC and building automation design-build partner for this retrofit project at the LAUSD Santee Education Complex. This project was funded by California’s Proposition 39, a bond measure providing an estimated $2.75 billion over five years — to support energy efficiency and clean energy projects in K-12 schools and other public buildings. Located in South Los Angeles, Santee High School was opened in July 2005 to give immediate relief to the overcrowding issues that were affecting nearby Jefferson High School, and now serves over 1,800 students. At the time of its opening, it was the first new 4 year high school to open in the Los Angeles Unified School District in over 35 years.
Athena Engineering performed upgrades to the existing control systems in five of the buildings located on the 361,668 sq. ft. campus. This scope included upgrading the existing control systems with a new BACnet based open protocol DDC control system. We provided new VFD controls and new inverter duty motors to all the existing water pumps to assist with energy usage. We replaced the existing packaged units that serve a boys and girls locker room, with new package units with evaporated cooling and gas fired heating, which we integrated into the new building automation system. Also included in the scope was replacing the standard efficiency domestic hot water heater serving another set of locker rooms with new gas fired tank less condensing hot water heaters. Throughout the same buildings we replaced many light fixtures with more energy efficient models.