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Posted on: February 23, 2021

City of Lawrenceville Adds Health and Safety Upgrades to All City Buildings

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Ionization Units, MERV Filters, and UV Lights Will Create Safer Facilities for Employees and General Public.

The City Council unanimously approved expenditures to improve indoor air quality in all city-owned buildings through a variety of HVAC upgrades.  The HVAC systems at City Hall, the Police Department, and Public Works will be upgraded and retrofitted with a combination of bipolar ionization units, MERV filters, and UV lights.  

“The City of Lawrenceville has placed a significant importance on creating safe and healthy spaces in each of our city-owned buildings,” said Assistant City Manager Barry Mock. “We will continue to look for opportunities to improve both the work environments for our employees, as well as the indoor areas that are frequented by the general public.”

The new technologies utilized in the facility upgrades will formulate an active air-cleaning strategy that will improve the air quality within the buildings to a level comparable with that in many healthcare facilities. The existing systems at the Bobby Sikes Fines Arts Building, home of the Aurora Theatre, and the newly installed systems at the Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center (under construction) incorporate these same technologies. 

New technologies approved by the City Council include:

  • Bipolar Ionization Units & MERV Filters: Through the installation of bipolar ionization units and enhanced MERV air filtering within the air conditioning systems, City buildings will have air purified on a continual basis and an active air-cleaning strategy consistent with many health care facilities. Recent testing of this technology resulted in an air stream reduction of 90% or more within 30 minutes or less for SARS-CoV-2, Norovirus, Coronavirus, Legionella, MRSA, E. Coli and others.
     
  • UV Lights – In addition to ionization and filtering, UV lights (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation lights) will be installed at the HVAC system coils of some units, and in the return air paths of others in City facilities.  Use of the UV lights on the HVAC system coils both sterilize and sanitize them, removing mold, bacteria and viruses.  This sanitation also increases the overall life of the HVAC units, as well.   Studies show a cleaner HVAC system requires less fresh-air intake, and efficiency improved by up to 30%.  

Funding for these improvements has been allocated with a portion of C.A.R.E.S. Act funds. Currently, the City has allocated $83,325.00 for these upgrades. Work is expected to be completed April 2021. For additional information about the City of Lawrenceville, follow the City on social media.

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