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OSD 308 opens bids for new chiller unit at OHS

Staff has recommended replacement of broken 26 year-old unit

Oswego School District 308 Director of Operations Rob Allison told the Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Sept. 9, that the district has applied for an energy rebate in relation to the proposed purchase of a new absorption chiller for Oswego High School.
Oswego School District 308 Director of Operations Rob Allison told the Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Sept. 9, that the district has applied for an energy rebate in relation to the proposed purchase of a new absorption chiller for Oswego High School.

The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education will consider bids for the replacement of an outdated and broken absorption chiller at Oswego High School.

The board reviewed bids for the chiller during a meeting Monday evening, Sept. 9.

The broken chiller is one of three at OHS and part of the building's heating and cooling system. The chiller was installed 26 years ago and has a life expectancy of 15-18 years, according to information presented to the board.

The damaged chiller failed in early August.

District staff determined that the cost of repairing the chiller would range from $80,000 to $100,000. Bit given the age and condition of the chiller and the cost of repairs, Director of Operations Rob Allison has recommended the board approve its replacement.

Bids for the project were submitted by 18 area companies, but ultimately the low bid came from C Acitelli Heating, of Villa Park for $340,000.

Board Vice President Matt Bauman noted the district received numerous bids for the chiller.

"I would say this is one of the largest and most active bidding results that I've seen on the board," he said. "Usually we see three, four, five (bids) and that's about it."

Allison also told the board that the district has applied for an energy rebate that, if approved, could save the district about $30,000.

The board is expected to consider awarding the contract during their next meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23 in the Community Room of Oswego East High School.

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