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Panther Run Indoor Air Quality Reports

Panther Run Indoor Air Quality Reports

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THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
OF
PALM BEACH
COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CHRISM.
SKERLECDIRECTORJOSEPH
M.
SANCHES
CHIEF
OF
SUPPORT
OPERATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL
&
CONSERVATION SERVICES1400
N,
FLORIDA
MANGO ROAD
WEST PALM
BEACH,
FL
33409
561-684-5154 Fax561-684-5153
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.
DATE: 
November
21,2011
SUBJECT: INDOOR AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT
Room 8108 and
8111
-Jonette Taub
In
response to a request from Dave Trogdon
of
School Food Services, I conducted an Indoor
Air
Quality (IAQ) assessment
in
Room 8108 (dry food storage) and 8111 (cafeteria manager office) on
November
17,
20
II.
This assessment was prompted by concerns
of
mold and water damage
in
bothspaces.
The
assessment included visual inspections; the collection
of
field measurements (temperature,relative humidity, carbon dioxide, and moisture content
of
building materials); and inspection
of
thesanitary condition
of
the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Findings andrecommendations are discussed below.Building InspectionThe rooms were inspected for signs
of
existing and potential sources
of
indoor air pollutants that mayimpact Indoor Air Quality
in
accordance with the School Board Indoor Air Quality Policy 7.195 andassociated Administrative Procedures and Guidelines. Some
of
these items include visible evidence
of
water·
intrusion, excessive humidity, moldy odors, visible mold
or
mildew growth on roomsurfaces, soiled
or
water stained carpeting, inadequate housekeeping, improper storage
of
chemicals,and other items that may impact indoor air quality.Room 8108 -Dry food StorageThere were several areas with visible holes and mold/water damage on the north wall area.
Staff
reported that water enters the storage room during heavy rains
in
this location, which
is
immediatelybelow a large outside air intake duct. There were three additional small holes offset from the exteriorwall and located immediately below the above ceiling air handler's secondary drain pan.
PALM BEACH COUNTY -RATED
BY
THE
FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF
"Home
of
Florida's first
LEED
Gold Certified School" www.palmbeachschools.orqThe School District
of
Palm Beach County is an Equal Education Opportunity Provider
and
Employer 
 
Page 3
of
3 Strachan
1) Facilities Clean and service the split DX unit
in
Room 8111. Notify
the
cafe
manager
Services
(Ms
Taub) prior
to
coming
on
site to
address
her
allergy concerns.
Ensure thatthe condensate line
is
sufficiently insulated so additional leaks down the wall
is
minimal. Flush out the condensate pump container.Room 8108 wipe down the supply diffuser and return air grill.
2)
BEMP 
Inspect the outside air intake duct penetration above room
8
J
11
for waterintrusion into the
3)
School Investigate the droppings above the drop ceiling for pests and treat as necessary.FoodService'
4)
ECO
Remove and replace damaged drywall after confirmation that leaks have beenaddressed and no pest activity
is
present.Please contact this office when these actions have been completed so we can check on theimprovement to indoor air quality and maintain a record
of
actions taken.cc: Joseph Sanches,
Chief
of
Support OperationsJim Kunard, Director/ Facilities ServicesSteve Backhus, General Manager, Facilities ServicesCharlie Cromartie, Facility Administrator, Facilities Services
Nancy
Patrick / Risk and Benefits ManagementLauriann Basel, Principal Liaison, Facilities ServicesJoan Sutton, Statistical Analyst, Facilities ServicesRita Angelora, Facilities ServicesStacey Marshall, Team Leader, Facilities ServicesRusty Everman, Facility Coordinator, Facilities ServicesLori Dornbusch, School Food ServicesDave Trogdon, School Food ServicesTim Woodruff, Building Envelope Management Program, Facilities Services
.
" ~ " " ' ' ' ' ' ~ - ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ~ ' ' ' ' ' ~ . ~ - ' - ' ' - ' ' ' '
.
' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ~ ' ' ' ' . ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ~ ' ' ' ' ' ' ~ ' ~ ' ' ' ' ~ ' ' ' ' ' ~ ' ' 
............................ . 
PALM
BEACH
COUNTY ScHOOLS -RATED
~
A"
BY
THE
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT
OF
EDUCATION
2005
-
2010
"Home
of
Florida's first
LEED
Gold
Certified School" www.palmbeachschools.omThe School District
of
Palm Beach County
is
an
Equal Education Opportunity Provider
and
Employer 
 
Page 2
of
3 Strachan
The
drywall below the outside air intake duct, as well as
in
several other random locations, was waterstained and/or had visible mold. There were no musty/moldy odors above the drop ceiling. Therewere droppings on the top
of
the drywall that may be rodent
or
other indoor pests.There were no musty or unusual odors within the storage room. There was no visible mold on theexterior
of
the stored items, boxes, shelving, or the door.The temperature
in
the storage room was 71°F and relative humidity 58%. Temperature and relativehumidity are governed by Health Department requirements.Room 8111 -Cafe Manager OfficeThere was a musty
odor
in
the office attributed to dirty condensate pan. The condensate line goesabove
the
drop ceiling and has resulted
in
visible water streaks onto the block wall within theoccupied space. There was no mold on the tops
of
the ceiling tiles
in
this area. There were
no
rodentdroppings on the tops
of
the ceiling tiles.Office 8111
is
supplied conditioned air
by
a wall mounted Split OX unit. The interior
of
the unit wasdusty dirty. There
is
an external condensate drain pump with some stagnant water.
The
temperature (77°F) was within the recommended guidelines at the time
of
the visit. Relativehumidity (66%) was above the recommended guideline. The split OX handheld remote wasprogrammed
to
75°F. Maintaining temperatures between 75°F to 78°F and relative humidity below
60%
are key to preventing mold growth.The Carbon Dioxide concentration was within the standard that the existing ventilation system wasdesigned to maintain. Carbon Dioxide, generally present due to human respiration,
is
consideredeffective
in
evaluating whether adequate quantities
of
fresh outdoor air are being introduced into abuilding
or
work area.Conclusions and RecommendationsAlthough nothing can be done to totally eliminate exposure to common allergens, such as dust, dustmites, mold spores or pollen, certain actions can
be
taken to reduce this exposure. These correctionswill
in
no
way
make for a sterile environment
or
eliminate allergens that are ubiquitous to theenvironment.
PALM
BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS -RATED
BY
THE
FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT
OF
EDUCATION
2005 2010
"Home of Florida's first
lEED
Gold Certified School" www.palmbeachschools.orgThe School District of Palm Beach County is
an
Equal Education Opportunity Provider and Employer 

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