PITTSBURG — The first project of the USD 250 bond approved last week got underway at Pittsburg High School, Monday.

Four new heating and air units were being installed at PHS, Monday as part of one of the major projects which were part of the $31 million bond issue approved March 14.

One unit will be over the commons and the auditorium and the other two the gym.

The new units replace the original units placed 1979 when the school was built. PHS’s current facility opened in 1980.

“They were maintained the best as possible,” Public Information Director Zach Fletcher said. “The current system was not working at the capacity it needs to be working.”

The units will be removed and replaced using one of the area’s largest cranes from Carson-Mitchell Inc. in Springfield, Missouri.

According to Crane Operator Manager Dan Bambery the crane has a 350 ton capacity and will be reaching approximately 220 feet across the roof with the units. 

The construction is supervised by Trane Heating and cooling.

According to the district, this is just the beginning.

“Replacing these HVAC units is just the first step to the process,” Superintendent Destry Brown said in a release.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.