Consultants do make mistakes, all of them from time to time, but waiting three years to remediate a known situation should not be acceptable to anyone involved and in particular to persons elected to serve the community on the school board. ("Decatur schools, BLDD Architects work to solve humid classrooms," Aug. 23.)
There are a couple of issues here. First of all, architects design buildings, engineers do the mechanical, like HVAC systems. Start by hiring the right people to do the job. Secondly, reheat systems only work where the systems served have adequate initial capacity; where the wet bulb discharge temperature cannot be lowered farther because of inadequate design capacity, reheat will only make matters worse. It is a very simple calculation and well within the abilities of even a novice engineer.
This is far too simplistic a situation to have gone on this long. Whose pocket gets raided is a whole other matter. Suffice it to say the responsible party should be fronting the expense regardless of whether it was an oversight or error. Obviously if the existing installed units were undersized solely to save money, it’s not really working out.
Michael Jontry, Decatur