#ReopenStrong: HVAC Enhancement Report
School Name
Luke C. Moore High School
1001 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Date of Form Completed
WL Gary
MEP Engineer
Setty & Associates
Background & Introduction
DC Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to reopening safely. Part of our reopening plan is ensuring school facilities are
properly suited to welcome back students and staff based on a set of operational metrics that need to be addressed to
ensure readiness. Stakeholders can view on overview of these metrics at: dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/buildings/
HVAC and all other operational metrics will be reviewed by a site-based walkthrough team using a detailed Building
Readiness Checklist prior to school opening. Each school’s principal will receive written verification of planned HVAC
enhancements in accordance with criteria outlined in the Checklist. In addition, DCPS is completing site-specific
operational plans for each school in accordance with guidelines from DC Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Each school’s operational plan will be posted online.
In partnership with the Department of General Services (DGS), all DCPS facilities are undergoing a comprehensive HVAC
assessment which will inform subsequent system modifications and enhancements. The work is being carried out by
numerous HVAC contractors under the guidance and direction of a licensed professional engineer (PE) and in
accordance with recommendations provided by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
(ASHRAE). The lead engineer that developed the school-specific scope of work for the HVAC enhancements for DCPS is a
nationally recognized expert and a member of Epidemic Task Force School Team at ASHRAE.
Healthy air quality is critical for the health of those who occupy a school building, and we are committed to making
improvements across all DCPS facilities. DCPS will improve the air change rates and filtration provided by HVAC systems
to reduce any airborne concentrations of COVID 19 and related transmission risks in our learning environments.
The actions we will take vary by system type to ensure their effectiveness. For all schools, we plan to increase the air
change rates and filtration. The work will vary by system but will include modifications like increasing fresh air
distribution through an existing Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) and installation of MERV-13/MERV-14 filters or
placement High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters in high traffic areas and instructional spaces. In addition, no
matter the system, all classrooms across the DCPS portfolio will receive a portable HEPA filter.
The primary focus of this effort is to analyze specific building systems to identify what systems can be addressed to
improve indoor air quality in alignment with national recommendations. We are committed to performing
enhancements and instituting best practices for indoor air quality improvement.
The HVAC enhancements are an important component of our plan to create safe and healthy learning environments for
our students and staff, but it is not the only thing in place. In addition to the HVAC work, DCPS will be instituting PPE,
social distancing, school routine, and cleaning protocols to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
HVAC System and Equipment Specifics
1. System/ Equipment:
Cafeteria, Kitchen, Auditorium spaces are being served by air handling units (AHU-1, AHU-2,
AHU-3 respectively) for space cooling, heating and ventilation requirements. Locker rooms and
Gymnasium spaces are being served by air handling units (AHU-5, AHU-6) respectively for space
cooling, heating and ventilation requirements Science B207, Science B210, Art A309, Classroom
B315, Classroom B316, Media Center spaces are being served by air handling units (AHU-9,
AHU-10, AHU-11, AHU-12, AHU-13, AHU-14 respectively) for space cooling, heating and
ventilation requirements. Area B (EX Bldg), Area A (New Bldg) are being served by Energy
Recovery Units (ERU-1 and ERU-2 respectively) for building ventilation/outside air requirements
and Fan Coil Units (FCU) for building cooling and heating requirements. Computer Repair and
Tech Lab spaces are being served by rooftop air handling units (RTU-1 and RTU-2 respectively)
for space cooling, heating and ventilation requirements. Air handling unit (AHU-4) is serving for
kitchen hood make up-air requirements.
Work Completed
1. Initial Verification (
System start-up (11-18-2020)
Change filters in kind (11-18-2020)
Disinfect and clean HVAC equipment (11-18-2020)
2. Enhancements:
Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) with MERV-13 filters installed (12-21-2020)
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters placed in the building (11-23-2020)
Install air quality sensors (Complete install by January 15
Demand Control Ventilation System Disabled (Will be disabled as part of Sequence of
Operations. Additional documentation to be provide upon completion.)
3. Defects or Issues Repaired
Defects to be completed by 01-22-2021.
Plumbing System and Equipment
1. Work Completed
Plumbing System Start-up & Tested (11-16-2020)
Plumbing System Flushing & Sanitization (11-16-2020)
2. Defects or Issues Repaired
No major repairs needed.
While the above-referenced contractor has completed the described HVAC work in accordance with its contractual requirements, the
contractor does not warrant or represent in any way that such HVAC work will prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus or that such
HVAC work will guarantee a person will not contract the COVID-19 virus.