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Challenger School

  • Project Location:  Austin, TX
  • Owner/Client: Challenger School
  • Project Description:

Challenger School, a private elementary school with 23 campuses across America, added a new facility to its Avery Ranch campus in Austin, TX in 2014. The building included 17 classrooms, a computer lab and a multipurpose room for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students. The school required an HVAC system that could combine a VRV and rooftop unit onto a simple control system in a cost-effective way. DXS was chosen as basis of design for the project based on their expertise and previous experience with the building team and with VRF projects of this size. The new school received 88 tons of Daikin heat recovery.

Four Daikin VRV heat recovery units ranging from 20 to 26 tons were installed, along with two 1.5-ton Daikin round flow mounted cassettes, which are ideal for environments where air distribution and evenness of temperature are of concern. The system also included eight Daikin 4-way discharge ceiling mounted cassette and 24 Daikin concealed DC ducted fan coil units, which can easily serve multiple zones with duct work. DXS was also able to incorporate the system equipment into an easy-to-use Daikin controls system in order to meet the facility’s needs.

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Education Key Considerations

School district facilities planners and maintenance personnel plus the design team who support them are tasked with developing and maintaining usable, comfortable buildings that promote learning. They must do this across the country under the scrutiny of school districts determined to spend every bond and tax revenue dollar wisely.

The DXS team understands the pressures under which school district personnel operate and we’ve helped alleviate much of that pressure. From our work with facilities planners and architects, we know that energy is one of the largest line items in a school budget. That’s where we can help. We design low-maintenance VRF air conditioning systems that reduce HVAC energy costs 20 to 50 percent.

Key Considerations

  • Systems that reduce HVAC energy costs by 20 to 50 percent
  • Opportunity to reduce overall building construction cost
  • Straightforward maintenance facilities crews can easily manage
  • Reduced maintenance costs compared to split-system or chilled water systems
  • Reduced mechanical space
  • Designs that accommodate space restrictions of prior systems
  • Ability to handle temperature control for dozens of small spaces
  • Energy efficient
  • Robust training program for facilities maintenance personnel
  • DXS onsite at five key junctures: onsite training prior to installation, quality control checks during installation, during start-up, 30 days after commissioning for building owner verification, and ongoing training for staff
  • Fast, dependable service and maintenance support after installation
  • Complete inventory of parts and equipment