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Behind the Scenes - HVAC

posted Feb 3, 2017, 10:15 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 10:18 AM ]

Behind the Scenes - HVAC

PENDER COUNTY — When you walk into any Pender County Schools facility, you probably don’t think about the HVAC systems, or the people responsible for keeping them in working order.

HVAC Supervisor Wayne Keene monitors every site’s HVAC system from three computers in his office, but his day starts before he arrives. By 5 a.m. each day, Keene has already logged into the system from his laptop at home to check each school.

“You can think of it like each class is a house,” Keene explained. “I’ve got over 1,000 houses, and each has to be looked at as an individual space. It’s the same principle as your house, but bigger.”

Using the computers at his desk, Keene sets temperatures for each school building and can see when something malfunctions. HVAC Technicians Robbie Ward and Andy Purcell are then able to resolve the issue on site.

“No one sees me, but they all know my voice,” Keene said. “I met all of the principals for the first time this year and they had no idea who I was. They call me whenever they think they have a problem and we have conversations, but they didn’t know my face.”

There are many people like Keene who work behind the scenes to ensure Pender County Schools provides a safe, comfortable environment in which students can learn.