Facilities Department Accomplishments
- Bob Sciullo and Dave Hambrick, of the District Plumbing staff, along with members
of the District HVAC staff have completed the installation of the the water shut off
solenoids in the Natural Science labs on the Lake Worth campus. By interfacing these
valves with the Energy Management System and the lab’s occupancy schedules, it prevents
any accidental flooding of the labs or classrooms in the future when these rooms are
unoccupied. We will next look into the Bio Science Building at the North Campus.
- The remodel of the new Facilities Conference room in the District facilities Building
is under way. The wood cabinets are built, the all woodwork has been stained so they
can be installed whenever ready and a majority of the electrical and data have been
installed. The employees of the Facilities Department are doing all of this work.
- With the assistance of Mark Pruszynski and the District painting staff, the Gym floor
at the Lake Worth campus Gym has been sanded, new NCAA required lines and center emblem
have been installed, painted, and clear coated. This project is completed.
- With the assistance of Mark Pruszynski and the District painting staff, the Heliport
landing pad at the Lake Worth campus has been water blasted and repainted with the
- The fire alarm monitoring has been set up at all five campuses and the Historical
building to work with the new IP phone system and we are in the process of adding
our security systems and possibly the elevator phones to this monitoring contract.
- The District electricians, Bill Whitten and Mike Sullivan, have replaced the remaining
exterior MH walkway lights at the South Campus with new LED fixture heads.
- A contractor has completed the concrete modifications under the new storage canopy
on the Belle Glade campus to allow for the relocation of the vehicle lift to this
- The Lake Worth Facilities office continues its work on improving energy efficiency.
This past month lighting in the ITB lobbies on the first and second floors, the Fire
Academy Garage and the automotive lab in the ETB Building have all been converted
to LED lighting systems. During the past month, the new exit aisle lighting system
in the Duncan Theater was also completed.
- The chilled water interconnection project between CMB#1 and CMB #2 has been completed
and is operational.
- The reroofing of the portable classroom on the Boca Raton campus has been completed.
- Vendors have completed the relocation of automotive lifts at the ETC Building.
- Terry Bernhardt, Facility Manager for the Boca Raton campus, along with his staff
and a number of local sub-contractors have completed the conversion of an area previously
used for storage (CB103) into a new Innovative Science Lab.
- Patrick Spencer and Jamie Ferro, of the Palm Beach Gardens Facilities grounds care
staff, completed the replacement of several concrete walkways around the campus to
eliminate tripping hazards.
- Peggy Wilkinson, with the Palm Beach Gardens Facilities grounds care staff has planted
several new palm trees along the front of the campus and new screening vegetation
on the west side of the new electric cart charging building that is under construction.
- The District Painting staff, lead by Mark Pruszynski and Tanis Garza, have completed
the repairs and refinishing of the exterior of the President’s Dining Room, which
completes the exterior refurbishment of the old science building on the Lake Worth
- The Facilities staff on the Boca Raton campus have been busy moving 9 staff offices
from Financial Aid to Advising to better serve the students on campus.
- Bob Sciullo and Dave Hambrick, on the District plumbing staff, along with members
of the District HVAC staff have begun installing water shut-off solenoids in the NS
labs and tying them in through our EMS system to the classroom schedules to prevent
any accidental flooding of these labs in the future.
- At the Lake Worth campus, the Gym floor has been sanded and new NCAA required lines
as well as a new center court emblem are being laid out, painted and clear coated.
The project is approximately 50% complete and should be complete by the second week
- Johnny Daniels and Daniel Ward, on the Palm Beach Gardens Facilities maintenance staff,
have replaced the blower wheel on AHU #1 in the Bio-Science Building to improve air
flow and air quality in the various classrooms serviced by this unit.
- The Boca Raton Facilities staff is continuing with the work associated with a new
student patio on the north side of the CB Building. This patio is projected to be
ready for the Fall Term of this year.
- Bob Sciullo and Dave Hambrick, on the District plumbing staff, have replaced an old
cast iron sanitary line that services the CRA and Finance Buildings on the Lake Worth
- Brandon Langenwalter, the Facility Manager for the Loxahatchee campus, arranged for
additional sod to be purchased and installed in the cleared area, north of the new
classroom building and at the southwest corner of the campus. This gives the campus
a more finished appearance and is being maintained by a combination of Facilities
Grounds staff assisted by outside vendors that are under contract.
- Problems with delaminating shelving and rusting shelf brackets in the Natural Science
Building on the Lake Worth campus have been addressed by replacing these materials
with new solid surface shelving and aluminum shelf brackets. This work was completed
by the District Facilities carpentry staff, under the direction of Tony Milici, the
District Supervisor of Maintenance for the College.
- Rick Mincey of the District Facilities carpentry staff repaired the deck connections
and re-fastened the walkway railing systems around the upper floors of the Library
and Business Administration Buildings on the Lake Worth campus.
- The low voltage techs and locksmith from the District Facilities staff assisted the
contractor to get the access control system running properly at the new classroom
building on the Loxahatchee Groves campus.
- District electricians roughed in under slab electrical service prior to the pouring
of the new concrete floor slab for the electric vehicle charging building that is
under construction at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
- Directed by Mark Pruszynski, the District painting crew keep busy during the month
of May by providing a new reflective roof surface to the lower roof of the Finance
Building, re-painting of the Duncan lobby and side exit corridors on the Lake Worth
campus. They also completed the painting of the curbs and fire lane on the Loxahatchee
Groves campus. At the Belle Glade campus, the crew re-painted the Cosmetology Lab
and the Student Services office suite.
- The main underground chilled water lines interconnecting the Central Mechanical Building
1 with the Central Mechanical Building 2 were completed and put into operation at
the end of May, 2017. This project being overseen by the College’s project manager
David Suarez, who reports that energy savings will result from this interconnection.
The entire project is due to be completed in June, 2017.
- During May, 2017, the Facilities Planning staff oversaw the completion of the AD150,
AD151 remodeling project. This project provided additional office space in the student
registration area of the Administration Building on the Boca Raton campus.
- On May 25, 2017 the Facilities staff joined together to celebrate the memory of past
members of their staff and special vendors. A barbeque luncheon, prepared by the Belle
Glade Facilities staff, followed the dedication ceremony. This was the 16th year that
the staff has come together for this remembrance and was attended by more staff than
any previous event. Two new memorial bricks were placed during this ceremony.
- Asphalt repairs were completed during May, 2017 as well as the concrete slab for the new Electric Vehicle Charging Building was poured at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
- The College received a rebate payment from FPL in the amount of $4,379.20 in consideration
of the new energy efficient air-cooled chiller it had recently installed at the Eissey
Campus Theatre. This is the first new chiller ever installed at this building since
it was first opened in 1994. It is not only much more efficient than the older equipment
that was previously used to provide cooling for this building, but it is the first
time the building has had a chiller designed to meet the specific space conditioning
requirements of this building. The compressors that make up the new chiller also provide
total redundancy, which allow the building to operate normally, even if one of the
internal compressor sections fails. The chiller was changed at this building along
with all four of the air-handling units that cool this building. During the first
four months of operation of this new equipment, the electrical consumption for this
building has been down an average of 24.07% per month. David Suarez, with the Facilities
Planning office was the project manager for this energy efficiency, mechanical improvement
- The Belle Glade Facilities staff combined its efforts with the District Facilities
staff to begin an overall clean-up and refurbishment the existing Diesel Lab in the
TEC Building in preparation for an upcoming accreditation visit.
- The District Facilities carpentry staff completed repairs to the Palm Beach Gardens
campus Storage MOD that will enable this 20+ year old temporary structure to continue
to be used as a dry holding area for temporary storage of campus surplus items.
- The Palm Beach Gardens Facilities team completed pressure cleaning of the final sections
of the walkways on campus during April, 2017.
- In preparation for design work to expand the parking lot on the north side of the
PBG campus, an outside vendor was hired to videotape the condition of the existing
underground storm sewer piping system in this area. This work was completed in April,
- The District painting crew completed the re-painting of the accent wall in the lobby
area of the Natural Science Building. They also completed the wall color change on
the exterior walls of the Administration Building on the Lake Worth campus.
- During April, 2017, the District electricians completed work in changing out the exterior
metal halide light fixtures to LED fixtures at the Burt Reynolds Student Center and
the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus. This project will begin contributing
to lower energy use on this campus.
- Facilities Planning has been requested to evaluate the cost involved in renovating
the front (west) side of the gymnasium building, prior to the exterior painting of
this building scheduled to start within the next several months.
- Kirk Stetson, the Manager of Facilities Planning, attended the annual CIP workshop
meeting this year at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.
- The Facilities Planning Office began the process of hiring a number of architectural firms for a multi-year contracts. Architects selected for these contracts will be working on projects with an estimated construction value of less than $1,000,000. The first advertisement for this contract opportunity was publically advertised in April, 2017.
- During the Spring Break closing, Mark Pruszynski and the College’s District painting
crew teamed up with locally owned deck coating and painting sub-contractors to complete
the deck coatings and painting around the Administration, Finance, Technology Center,
Business Administration and Library Buildings on the Lake Worth campus.
- The exterior refinishing of the 4-story Technology Center, on the Lake Worth campus
was started and completed in eleven days during this month.
- Florida Power and Light issued a rebate check to PBSC in the amount of $4,379.20,
resulting from the College’s replacement of the air-cooled chiller at the Eissey Campus
Theater with a new energy efficient chiller.
- Terry Bernhardt, the Facilities Manager for the Boca Raton campus, arranged to replace
the carpeting in CA106 & CA108 with new vinyl composition flooring. He also had a
vendor replace the old restroom partitions in the men’s and women’s restroom in the
registration area of the Administration Building.
- Dan Girard, one of the District Carpenters, totally refurbished the Facilities Storage
MOD at the Palm Beach Gardens campus. The exterior walls, floors and roof all required
major repairs to make this storage building water-tight again. Staff also replaced
the old ramp to provide better access to this needed storage space.
- The College saved approximately $7,000 when Mike Sullivan, the District Electrician
teamed up with Rick Dugan, the District Electronics Tech II and wired the Math Jump
Lab in the Natural Science Building on the Lake Worth campus.
- During the construction of the chilled water underground project, problems with the
condition of the underground sanitary laterals from the Gymnasium restrooms were discovered.
The District Plumber, Bob Sciullo, was able to replace one of the laterals with new
a new PVC sanitary lines. A contractor was brought in to line the other sewer lateral,
since so many conflicts existed with existing utilities.
- Tony Milici, the District Supervisor of Maintenance, worked with Mills Electrical
to complete the Library electrical vault project on the Lake Worth campus. The project
included a new 500 KVA electrical service upgrade to this building and the removal
of the existing electrical vault, originally installed in 1960. Two new 1600A service
panels were added to this building, doubling the existing electrical service, six
new surge protected electrical distribution panels and a new code-compliance grounding
system all of which help with the buildings harmonics and the ability to add more
computers within the building in the future.
- Project Manager, David Suarez completed the new Paralegal Office, the new Administrative
Lobby Area and the President’s Executive Suite over the Spring Break period when the
campus was closed for normal business.
- The District Painting & Carpentry staff, along with an outside furniture refinishing vendor, completed improvements to Dr. Yohe’s office Suite. New lights were also installed in the 2nd floor corridors of the Administration Building.
- The Palm Beach Gardens Facilities office has put into operation and new air-cooled
chiller and a new air-handling unit at the Eissey Campus Theater. Frank Atkins, the
Facilities Manager for this site has reported that the first full month of this equipment
operation has resulted in a 45.22% reduction in electrical consumption at this building.
- The Facilities Planning office completed construction of new Loxahatchee Groves Campus
which opened for classes on February 27, 2017. The design work was directed by Kirk
Stetson, while James Storms acted as the construction project manager. Inspections
services, life safety requirements and quality control were handled by Paul Cassidy
and Claude Edwards from the Facilities Building Department.
- Bidding has been completed to modernized three elevators. The competitive bid resulted
in pricing -43.3% below the engineer estimated price. This project includes the elevator
at the Administration Building at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus, the elevator at the
CA/CB Buildings on the Boca Raton Campus and the exterior elevator at the Library
on the Lake Worth Campus. The design of these projects has been managed by Facilities
Planning, under Kirk Stetson.
- David Suarez, the Project Manager for Facilities Planning office coordinated the work
need to complete the renovation of the administrative restroom in the Administration
Building on the Lake Worth Campus.
- Tony Milici, the District Supervisor of Maintenance, arranged for the inspection and
repair of various items at the stage lift in the Eissey Campus Theater.
- Outside contractors, under the supervision of Mark Pruszynski, the District’s Lead
Painter, completed the white top coating of all remaining roof areas on the ETA Building
on the Lake Worth Campus. This will reduce heat gain and also reduce energy use as
well as prolong the useful life of this roofing system.
- Tony Milici, the District Supervisor of Maintenance, arranged for the installation
of electrical sub-meters on the BA and Social Science Buildings on the Lake Worth
campus. Base-line data will be collected for a number of months before a scheduling
overlay program is put into the Energy Management Program that controls the air conditioning
systems for these and other buildings on the campus. Projections are that this over-lay
program could lower energy use in these buildings between 15%-18%.
- Frank Atkins and the Facilities staff at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus have worked
with a number of vendors to set and hook up utilities to a new modular building located
south of the Eissey Campus Theater. This space will provide additional holding and
changing area for the performers at this theater.
- A local vendor has completed soil investigations to allow for the design of a new
structural slab on which a new 2,440 SF golf cart charging building will be erected.
The majority of this project is being paid for from the Palm Beach Gardens Facilities
operation budget, with saving realized through previous energy conservation projects.
It is intended that this building will be provided electrical service from the existing
solar array located near the NW corner of this campus. Eventually this solar array
will be expanded to allow it to provide all of the electrical power needed by this
building. This will become the College’s first true Net-Zero building.
- Lead by James Storms, the Assistant Manager of Facilities Planning, the professional
consultant selection committee interviewed a number of General Contractors that were
being considered for continuing contracts for College construction projects under
$1,000,000. The short list of recommended firms will be presented to the Board in
March for their approval. Having these General Contractors under a continuing contract,
will enable Facilities to get smaller construction projects started in a timelier
- The Facilities Planning office completed the installation of new chiller and air handling
unit for the Eissey Campus Theatre.
- The Facilities Planning office completed construction of new paralegal office on 2nd floor of Administration Building on the Lake Worth campus. The design work was directed
by Kirk Stetson, while David Suarez acted as the construction project manager.
- The Lake Worth Facilities office completed the installation of new energy efficient
LED lighting in the parking lots around the Education and Training Center on the Lake
Worth campus. This improvement increased the lighting levels in these parking lots
by 200-250%, while reducing the total energy consumption by 33%. Funding for this
energy improvement project came from utility savings realized by Facilities on the
Lake Worth campus.
- The District Facilities staff working with the Lake Worth Facilities staff and the
Facilities Planning office have completed all construction associated with the New
Panther’s Closet Thrift Store located on the Lake Worth campus.
- The Palm Beach Gardens Facilities Team, under the direction of Frank Atkins, worked
with outside engineers and vendors to complete Phase 4A of the Central Quad LED Lighting
Improvement Project. 48 fixtures were changed and will add increased lighting to the
student walkways in the center of the campus while lowering electrical consumption
by 27,173 KWH/YR and saving the College almost $3,300/YR. Funding for this energy
improvement project came from utility savings realized by Facilities on the Palm Beach
- The Facilities Team on the Belle Glade campus, worked with vendors and their own staff,
to convert CRB218 to an additional nursing lab.
- Sal Vacirca and the Lake Worth Facilities Grounds staff worked to restore the turf
and planting beds in the Xeriscape Planting area on the north side of the Social Science
Building on the Lake Worth campus. They also made plant bed improvements at the SCC
- Frank Atkins, the manager of the Palm Beach Gardens Facilities office, worked with
an outside vendor to complete the exterior railing restoration project at the Eissey
- Tony Milici coordinated the construction efforts of several contractors to complete
the change out of the primary electrical transformer for the Administration Building
on the Boca Raton campus.
- The Facilities Planning office coordinated efforts of several vendors to preform minor renovations and equipment change-outs at the main Copy Center located on the Lake Worth campus.