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Firms team up to build biomass furnace for Garden Valley School

Design-build firm McKinstry has partnered with architect/engineers CSH

A new biomass furnace will be built to warm the Garden Valley School.

A new biomass furnace will be built to warm the Garden Valley School.

QA to build and install a woody biomass-fueled heating system at the newly constructed Garden Valley School, in Boise County.

The project, which includes building a chip storage facility, modifying a boiler room and installing the biomass boiler, is to be paid for with a $3 million grant of stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wood chips used in the biomass plant will be acquired locally.

McKinstry will serve as the general contractor, providing engineering and mechanical contracting services, while CSHQA will provide on-site construction administration, as well as structural, civil and electrical engineering.

CSHQA has worked with the Garden Valley School District since 1993, and designed the original Garden Valley School facility, which houses pre-kindergarten to twelfth-grade classes.

The $11 million school was officially opened in August 2009. The new woody biomass boiler, which is being undertaken as a performance contract, is guaranteed by McKinstry to save both cost and energy.


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