Constructing a healthy school environment is an important project for the entire community. To protect the health of the children who go to a school that is in the process of being renovated and to maintain the integrity of the building itself, construction workers have to take certain precautions. When you’re involved in the delicate process of a school renovation.
USE TEMPORARY PROTECTION MATERIALS
In 2014, school districts in the United States spent approximately $6.2 billion on renovation construction projects. With all of these funds directed towards remodeling, damage prevention is key. Using a door frame protector is an easy way to prevent very costly damage. Crews should also use floor protection to prevent spills or tears on carpets and hardwood floors.
PAY ATTENTION TO HVAC
During any renovation to a building, you have to take the HVAC system into account. During an average day, contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals, are pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated five to seven times. These contaminants can lead to build up in the duct work, harming the health of building occupants. A renovation will kick up more dust and chemicals than usual, making the indoor air quality potentially harmful for the children and staff. There are a number of duct cover and dust containment options to help limit the spread of contaminants. Once the renovation is nearing completion, check the HVAC system and ducts to be sure that there is no harmful buildup and that the system is working properly post-renovation.
BE WARY OF HAZARDOUS CONTAMINANTS
For older buildings, of which many schools across the country are, contaminants like asbestos are a major concern. Before the renovation project begins, know where the asbestos-containing materials are located. In cases when it seems as if the project will disturb these materials, you should contact a licensed asbestos abatement professional. The abatement professionals will be able to do special abatement procedures before the renovation gets underway so that no harmful asbestos contaminants get into the air.
The plans for a school’s renovation not only need to include details about the changes being made to the building, but also about prevention tactics to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the school.