The Quincy, Illinois City Council approved a bid to replace the heating and air conditioning systems at the Central Fire Station, located on 11th and Vermont. The new radiant heating system will replace a boiler that has been in operation since the facility was built in 1924, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig.
The news source reported that the money for the renovation came from a $180,600 Energy Efficiency Clock Grant that was originally awarded to the city as a revolving loan to offer low-interest loans to commercial downtown businesses for energy improvements.
According to the Herald-Whig, the city was contacted by the U.S. Department of Energy about using the grant for city facility improvements after business loans totaling only $30,000 had been made. The funds are required to be spent by September or be returned to the Department of Energy.
Alderman approved the bid unanimously, and the project will begin in the coming months. Mayor John Spring acknowledged that the project could have a significant impact on the state of the building, and that the city is currently doing well in economic terms, due in part to the federal grant.
According to the news source, the radiant heating system will be placed on the lower level of the structure.
A Warmboard radiant heating system would be the most effective product that the city could use, as the nature of the technology helps to limit both energy consumption and costs.
Unlike other radiant heating systems, a Warmboard product can be easily installed and the construction crews do not have to make structural changes during the process. This is different than other systems, as they sometimes need concrete slabs to operate in an effective manner.