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CULVER CITY

Culver City, California | Education | Mechanical Service

Located minutes from downtown Los Angeles in Culver City, California, Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) serves approximately 6,500 students and consists of five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

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Problem

Many of the buildings across CCUSD’s nearly 75,000-square-foot campus were over 50 years old and beginning to show their age. With no air conditioning, the classrooms, in particular, presented a significant comfort issue for students and staff. After reaching out for community input, adding new HVAC systems was quickly identified as the number-one priority by parents. With expedited summer construction as the only viable option, CCUSD tapped Envise to “make the impossible possible” and complete the massive effort on an extremely compressed, 12-week schedule.

Solution

Leveraging its HVAC expertise and the engineering and construction resources of parent company Southland Industries, Envise creatively implemented a host of critical cost- and schedule-reduction measures to safely deliver the $17.4M project on time. The result was over 65,000 man hours worked in a 12-week period with zero recordable incidents. Everyone, from the students to the teachers, was relieved to have air conditioning fully operational on the first day of school. Envise is currently working with the district to design a maintenance program to extend the useful service life of the new equipment.

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I just wanted to take a minute to say the construction workers are extremely nice and doing a great job. The first week of school I was here three nights in a row until 9 p.m. The workers [Envisers] checked on me... and even helped when they saw me moving furniture. My classroom has a main control panel in it and so they have to come in from time to time. On one occasion, without asking, I included a worker in my lesson. Without missing a beat, he contributed and really helped reinforce what I was teaching.
Haylei Torres
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Culver City Middle School