If you were to visit One Challenge in Colorado Springs (our US Mobilization Center, also known as the US-MC), it’s likely you will find orange cones blocking off some of the parking spots on the northeast end of the lot. You might also find a bunch of guys in hard hats and a huge crane. Construction has begun to replace the way-beyond-life-expectancy HVAC system (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning).
Finding a General Contractor
As we reported in May, OC underwent a thorough process of vetting several general contractors and reviewing bids. Additionally, we got an energy audit, consulted Colorado Springs Utilities and conferred with other energy and construction experts before selecting Peak Professionals to do the job. Keith Copley, who has been the point person with the contractors and subcontractors, says, “We are pushing forward with several great teams who are going to accomplish the job.”
The Rooftop Process
This is a big job involving removing the old HVAC units (20 of them) from the roof of our three-story building. Next, the old roof (30+ years in rugged Colorado weather) must be stripped off and hauled away. Third, the construction of a new roof with greater insulation and weather resistance. Finally the installation and connection of the new HVAC units.
Complicating the job but resulting in greater energy efficiency, was bringing natural gas from across the street to the top floor of our building. This allows us to have gas rooftop units to heat the third floor, which saves significantly on energy costs. High-efficiency electrical HVAC units will provide heat on the first and second floors. Air conditioning in the building will be accomplished with rooftop units which pump down to exchangers on each of the floors.
The team of workers on the roof are working in 12’ x 24’ sections. In a day’s work, they can remove the old HVAC units and roof, and replace it with new roofing for a section of this size. This eliminates any danger of leaking during the reconstruction process. Working from north to south, the teams are targeting completion by mid-December. Keeping on schedule will depend on weather conditions in the coming weeks.
Everything in a New Light
The recommendation from both the energy audit and Springs Utility was to completely replace the fluorescent lighting throughout the building with LED lighting. Lighting for 36,000 sq ft of office space is non-trivial, so this project will wait for early next year. The improvement should pay itself off within four years with the saved electricity from the more efficient LED lights.
Windows and Siding
Our windows and shingle siding also need replacement, but we want first to accomplish the most critical renovations while accumulating funding for the remaining upgrades. In the meantime, we are looking for new bids for both of these improvements.
First Floor Vacancy
In the last three months, two large suites on the first floor were vacated. Carpets have been cleaned, walls have been painted and we are ready for new tenants. Both suites are attractive and provide spacious and centrally located office space. To view the details of the suites for rent, please click here. If interested call 719-592-9292.
In the past three years, OC has made both interior and exterior renovations to update the building and stay within city codes. The HVAC solution should serve the organization for the next 20-30 years. We trust God will provide the resources necessary to pay off our construction loan and move forward with the other needed renovations.
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