In an effort to reduce costs, school officials have hired Fort Worth, Texas-based Jacobs Engineering at a cost of $26,500 to explore adding renewable energy sources that will make annual maintenance more affordable.
The new pool will be significantly larger than Glendale High's current pool so that both water polo games and lane races can be held at the same time, said Alan Reising, Glendale Unified's facilities planning administrator.
Pools are traditionally warmed by a boiler that uses natural gas to heat the water. Glendale Unified officials have tasked Jacobs Engineering to explore alternate heating methods.
Reising said the firm will study whether a cogeneration plant could be the most cost-effective way to heat the pool. That method would employ an engine to burn natural gas to heat the pool and generate electricity for Glendale High.
"It sounds great, but we might find out it costs more," Reising said, adding the firm will also explore installing solar-thermal panels.
Company officials will present their findings to school officials in the coming weeks.
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