The Purpose of Required Life Safety Work in District 211
District 211 facilities and buildings are required to maintain State Board of Education regulations within the School Building Code and the Health Life Safety Code, in addition to occupational safety standards of the Illinois Department of Labor. These codes are maintained and regulated through Life safety projects.
Township High School District 211 is continuing work on its Life Safety Projects in accordance with these codes. The first projects were completed in 2011, with the remaining work projected to be completed in 2016. The proposed total of projects for District 211’s facilities is $26 million to be paid over a course of eight years.
“While we are required to do a life safety survey, the good that comes out of that is it allows us to get better,” said Steve East, director of Purchasing and Facilities. “This allows us to be safer, find methods that are more energy efficient, and use better technologies. It is good for the District to do these sorts of checks.”
Projects are determined by a survey of the school’s facilities by an architect and engineer. Current projects were recommended to the Board of Education in 2010. Although this is required every 10 years, the District has surveyed its facilities on a seven-year cycle.
Items that are surveyed include environmental aspects, such as asbestos abatement, safe drinking water, and traffic safety. Once a survey is completed, the projects are put into a prioritized list from the Health Life Safety Code. District 211 needed to take action on various such as roof repairs, replacement of air handling units, boilers, chillers, masonry work, doors floor tile, and plumbing. None of the recommended projects posed an immediate danger and were categorized by architectural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work.
Currently, the District is in its second phase of life safety work, and has projects primarily planned for Palatine High School this year.