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Germantown, MD 20876
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Paul VI Catholic High School


WAI was contracted by Paul VI High School to perform a feasibility study on the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MPEF) systems in the school. The primary focus of the study was to evaluate the systems and determine what modifications were needed for the school to perform its intended educational mission with this facility for the next twenty-five years.

A second focus of the study, an economic study, was to be performed to: determine first costs and life cycle costs for the proposed HVAC modifications, determine costs for other MPEF modifications, and to prioritize the modifications. This facility totaled 180,000 square feet.

The original building was constructed in 1934. Between 1934 and 1960, the school underwent a series of seven expansions until the building resembled its current configuration. Since 1960, no significant work had been done to upgrade the existing building. WAI evaluated all the existing systems, and developed four concept level HVAC designs. A life cycle cost analysis was performed on each concept design. WAI developed 30 recommendations for MPEF system improvements. WAI also developed a construction budget for these recommendations coupled with the proposed addition. The project budget was $10 million, including all disciplines.

Some key features of this project included the following:

  • Project was a complex large educational facility.
  • Extensive site investigation was required to assess existing conditions.
  • The electrical service and distribution needed to be upgraded to support air conditioning the building.
  • Extensive computer analysis was performed.
  • Design analyses with design criteria was provided.
  • A Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) was performed on HVAC options.
  • Cost estimates were provided.
  • Architectural and structural coordination issues were addressed.
  • Hazardous materials, including asbestos and lead, testing issues were addressed.
  • Construction phasing was addressed.
  • All MPE drawings were developed in CADD.
  • Diocese and school performance requirements were complied with.
  • The studies lead into an immediate design project.