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Good maintenance practices address the building envelope (walls, roof, floors, etc.) major systems, equipment and other critical features are essential for success of the educational/instructional process while extending the useful life of the building and other facility assets. Maintenance of educational facilities generally requires the coordinated management of a variety of individual trades and crafts, support-related functions and contracted services. Various trades / crafts include, but are not limited too...  

 
Mechanical/HVAC
Fully equipped to meet the unique demands of our varying climatic conditions, our HVAC technicians work diligently to ensure mechanical systems are running precisely to specifications.  Educational facilities are largely dependent on the varied mechanical systems and require our technicians to ensure systems are operating at maximum efficiencies.
 
 
 
 
Life Safety Systems

The Life Safety Systems team is dedicated to ensuring the operation of all Fire Protection Systems, such as Fire Alarm, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Sprinkler Systems and Kitchen Hoods. This is a coordinated effort between district staff and contracted companies. Our skilled district technicians hold various NICET Certifications.

Life Safety also includes district Locksmiths that maintain the operation of literally tens of thousands of doors in all buildings district wide. Door hardware, keys and locks on both interior and exterior doors are maintained by our staff of just 3 locksmiths!

 
Plumbing
In the normal course of a day, pipes leak, burst and get clogged, fixtures break and other circumstances occur.  Our school buildings rely on serviceable plumbing lines and fixtures to deliver fresh water for primary building functions such as toilet rooms, sinks, showers, drinking fountains, irrigation and fire suppression systems.  Most components of the plumbing infrastructure are embedded in the walls and floors of the schools and facilities, thereby creating an out of sight, out of mind attitude.

 

 

Electrical 
When maintained in the proper manner, the electrical system supports a variety of functions that are essential to the educational process and safety of our students, staff and community.  Electrical systems must be maintained in a manner that ensures around-the-clock reliability, coupled with ensuring compliance with applicable codes. Electrical systems include main service, distribution, circuits, lighting, life safety/emergency service and general facility safety. 

 

 
 
General Maintenance / Carpentry
General Maintenance assists in a wide variety of maintenance activities, addressing immediate operational and/or safety concerns.  Projects vary in scope and size and typically range in skill levels.  Their skill set is inclusive of maintenance, repair, carpentry, masonry and block work, flooring, wallpaper repairs, painting, and drywall.  These individuals are multi-skilled, flexible, and adaptable.

 

 

Roofing / Building Envelope
Skilled tradespeople who perform routine maintenance or repairs to various types of roofs, penetrations, or building envelopes.  Requirements vary from structure to structure as each and every school, or facility, is unique in its own way. Therefore, familiarity with a variety of products, their respective application, and numerous variations in construction type is mandatory to the overall success of ensuring the longevity of district assets.
 
 
 
 
Preventive Maintenance
Systematic inspections designed to prevent the need for more costly repairs and ensure that essential components are performing  at optimal levels.  These technicians are capable of maintaining school equipment, detecting potential problems, performing routine maintenance on a variety of equipment, and making corrections as deemed necessary.
 
 
 
 
Building Automation / Control Systems
Responsible for the efficient utilization of building systems, especially HVAC and direct digital controls.    Working knowledge of line programming of DDC systems, and the ability to edit, and write such programming.  Ability to tune proportional, integral and derivative (PID) control loops, understand, develop, operate, and maintain native BACnet web based direct digital control systems (DDC), MSTP Lans and BACnet/IP Wans and other electronic control systems throughout the district.  Extensive knowledge of various HVAC systems and the direct impact on energy consumption.  
 
 
 
Nutritional Service
Ensuring that over 30,000 meals a day are served…our Nutritional Service technical team is responsible for overseeing the  preventative maintenance and care of all kitchen production equipment, repairs, and replacements.  They collaboratively maintain all facilities in a safe operating condition, addressing immediate operational and / or safety concerns; while monitoring and maintaining refrigeration units and kitchen equipment at all school sites. 
 
Water Treatment
An effective water treatment regiment, or removal of impurities, is imperative to most water-based industrial processes, for instance, the heating and/or cooling systems within the individual DCSD schools or facilities.  A lack of proper water treatment can result in scale formation, corrosion, and may ultimately become a breeding ground for bacteria.   Depending on the type of system, the water utilized needs to maintain an appropriate pH, acid, and/or alkaline level, to ensure the longevity of the equipment, cost efficiency, and safety.