Hazelton Secondary connecting geothermal heating

Coast Mountains School District 82 gets $1.12 million for upgrades.

Coast Mountains School District 82 is getting $1.12 million from the provincial government to improve insulation, ventilation and heating systems at two schools in Kitimat and one in Hazelton.

And at Hazelton Secondary School in Hazelton, the money from the province is for the second phase of a geothermal heating system.

The first phase last year featured drilling bore holes to extract heat out of the ground by circulating treated water through them.

This second phase will connect the geothermal field to the existing heating system with two specialized heat pumps that will boost the temperature to the level required to produce heat for the school.

“These projects will increase the comfort levels within the buildings for both students and staff while reducing the carbon footprint of the district by lowering the total use of natural gas,” stated the school district.

Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School is to undergo an extensive upgrade of its exterior as well as heating, ventilation and air handling system while Kitimat City High and Hazelton Elementary will undergo boiler upgrades.

At Mount Elizabeth, the exterior walls will be demolished and reconstructed in a way to provide better thermal protection to the interior space, indicates information from the school district.

And classrooms in the structure’s home economic wings will have unit ventilators installed to provide fresh air and balanced heat to room.

At Kitimat City High, formerly Cormorant Elementary, two existing boilers that are approximately 38 years old will be replaced with high efficiency condensing ones to improve the reliability and efficiency of the system.

The money for the projects is part of a $65 million education ministry program this year which is being spread out over 176 projects.

In addition to heating and ventilation improvements, some schools around the province are to have roofs replaced and fire alarm and sprinkler systems improved.

Houston Secondary in Bulkley Valley School District 54 is receiving $977,000 for HVAC system upgrades.

–With files from Chris Gareau.

Just Posted

Skeena salmon and our new reality

North Pacific is not the place it used to be and neighbours need to work together says SkeenaWild.

Supportive housing modules housed on Main Street

Modular units that will make up supportive housing building will be staged at LB Warner Centre.

22nd year of smoke and noise

Bulkley Valley Drag Racing Assoc categories: Super Pro, Pro, Bike Sled, Diesel, and Junior Dragster.

BV medals at BCs

Two Smithers Secondary School 2018 graduates medaled at the B.C. Athletis Championship in Coquitlam.

One wheeled skateboard ready for camps

Next Smithers skateboard camp is Aug. 7-9.

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires

Man dead, woman in critical condition after stabbing in Quesnel

A 32-year-old man turned himself in to local RCMP Saturday, where he remains in custody

B.C. VIEWS: Unions regain control of public construction

B.C.’s 40-year battle swings back to international big labour

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Most Read