$1.5 Million in Renovations at Ashley Complete
AUGUST 17, 2018 – Thanks to new HVAC systems that have been installed at Ashley Academy, teachers returned to classrooms filled with fresh air at a comfortable temperature and humidity.
“It should make the building a lot more comfortable, with the addition of controlling the humidity,” said Barry Motsinger, the school system’s Director of Capital Projects.
The HVAC equipment that was replaced in some parts of Ashley controlled the temperature but not the humidity. The new equipment also allows fresh air from outside the building to circulate in the school.
The new HVAC units weren’t the only improvements made at Ashley. Roofing was replaced, and work was done on the grounds and drainage systems.
“It feels like a new building,” said Principal Scarlet Linville. “It communicates to our staff, students and their families that Ashley is a priority.”
Everyone at Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies has been working hard to create a positive learning environment, Linville said.
“The renovations support the transformation that we are trying to make in the academics and school climate as a whole.”
The decision to replace the HVAC system at Ashley came after some people said that they thought air quality was not what it should be. They believed that mold in some units was leading to respiratory problems.
A study by an environmental and engineering firm found that, while the school building as a whole was well-maintained and clean, some units did have some mold. The air quality, however, was not deemed unsafe.
Members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education decided to have the HVAC system replaced. Linville said she appreciated how quickly the school board and the members of Operations Department responded.
The HVAC equipment in the building dated to the late 1980s.
“They are probably about 30 years old,” Motsinger said.
With any project with a budget of more than $500,000, formal bids are required. Superior Mechanical won the contract, and Superior brought in Watson Electrical to assist with the work.
The $1.5 million for the project is coming from the Capital Funding that Forsyth County provides to the school system each year.