The Los Altos Police Department is poised to get new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and Chief Andy Galea said the upgrades can’t come soon enough for staff who work at the aging station.
“The police department is a 50-year-old building with an aged HVAC system that requires frequent repair and servicing,” he said. “When the outside temperature is very cold or very hot, there is a significant difference in temperature from one end of the building to the other.”
To combat the cold, Galea noted that officers and dispatch and desk staff regularly wear jackets indoors and use space heaters in the winter.
A pre-bid conference for contractors interested in replacing the systems is scheduled 10 a.m. today in the agency’s lobby at 1 N. San Antonio Road.
Contractor bidding will open soon, according to city officials, as proposals are due by 3 p.m. July 31.
City officials announced June 21 their intention to evaluate the building’s current systems and create design documents for contractors to fill out for replacing or upgrading the system to “good working condition.”
– Melissa Hartman