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Representatives from the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, from left, Matthew Janes, Charles Cameron and George French listen in during the Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 council meeting in Corner Brook.
CORNER BROOK — The City of Corner Brook and the Corner Brook Museum and Archives are partnering to make improvements to the heating system at the museum.
At Monday night’s meeting, city councillors voted to approve the execution of a Prime Consultant Agreement with I.B. Storey Professional Energy Solutions for the engineering work associated with the museum heating system replacement. The cost of the engineering portion of the project is estimated at $14,900 and is included in the overall cost of replacing the system, which is estimated at $150,000.
“It’s going to mean that we’re going to have a reliable heating system,” said museum board chair Charles Cameron after the meeting.
“This will not only give us a reliable system, but a very environmentally friendly system as well.”
Cameron said that early this year the city commissioned a study on an alternative heating system for the museum. That report was finalized by I.B. Storey in April and presented several options, including a wood pellet system, connecting to the geothermal system at city hall, converting to an electric boiler or installing an air to air heat system.
The air to air system was the option recommended by I.B. Storey and the option city staff presented to council.
Cameron said the air to air system will take cold air from the exterior and heat up the air inside the building using a system of small pipes. The system is electrically powered but does not involve another heat source like electric heat or oil. It’s also Cameron's understanding that an air conditioning component is built into the system.
The description in the request for decision, presented by Councillor Keith Cormier during the meeting, said the project will result in an annual savings in energy costs of about $12,000.
While the project is being cost shared between the museum and city on a 50/50 basis, Cameron said the city will be responsible for the planning, preparatory work and tendering of the project.
He said some preparatory work will be completed this winter with an anticipated start to installing the system in the spring.
Cameron said the museum already has money in place to cover its share of the cost.
“We have funds that we received from the provincial government a few years ago that were meant to improve environmental standards for the building including for the exhibits.
“Anything that we do that will improve the air environment will help whatever is in the building.”