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Community Unites to Equip Students with Healthy Learning Environment

Community Unites to Equip Students with Healthy Learning Environment

OWATONNA, Minn. – September 1, 2017— Washington Elementary students will usher in their 2017-18 school year in a completely renovated building geared toward helping them get the most out of their education.

The Washington, formerly McKinley, elementary project is one of four district buildings the Owatonna’s school system is currently renovating to elevate student access to new learning technologies for more advanced classroom experiences with the help of other local Southern Minnesota businesses.

Daikin Applied, CDI, and Schwab Vollhaber Lubratt were among the local teams who came together to design and deliver a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to serve the students and staff higher indoor air quality and maximum comfort.

“We are pleased to work with companies in Owatonna because connection and collaboration with our community is core to our mission,” says Bob Olson, Director of Facilities, Infrastructure and Security, Owatonna Public Schools. “Our students are nurtured by this community every day throughout their lives and many of their parents work for the businesses we have partnered with on the renovation project.”

“Our team takes pride in contributing to community projects here and nationally, yet it’s even more meaningful when it’s the learning environment in our own community,” says Craig Vatsaas Director of Operations for Daikin’s Owatonna facility. “The premier quality of the Owatonna made units will ensure the students have clean air to breathe and a comfortable environment in which to learn.  The premium Daikin Applied product will also help the students from being distracted with open windows or hot, humid air.”

According to the EPA1, a school’s indoor environment can have a significant impact on health and learning. In documented studies, an EPA report shows increased classroom ventilation rates are associated with improvements in student health and performance, including speed of academic performance and increase in standardized test results.

“This project truly defines who we are as a community,” says Mike Peterson, Sales Engineering Vice President, Climate by Design International, Inc. (CDI). “As businesses and neighbors, we are driven by collaborating and in this case propelling the future of our kids.”



About Daikin Applied

Daikin Applied, a member of Daikin Industries, Ltd, designs and manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems for customers around the world. Customers turn to Daikin with confidence that they will experience outstanding performance, reliability and energy efficiency. Daikin Applied equipment, solutions and services are sold through a global network of dedicated sales, service, and parts offices. For more information or the name of your local Daikin Applied representative, call 800-432-1342 or visit,


About Daikin Industries Ltd.

Daikin Industries, Ltd. is a Forbes 1000 global company with 2014 revenues of nearly $16 billion and more than 60,000 employees worldwide, making it the largest HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikin is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Daikin was named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Forbes magazine. For more information, visit


About Climate by Design International, Inc.

Founded in Owatonna in 1991, Climate by Design International, Inc. (CDI) designs and manufacturers dehumidification and air handling products to the commercial and industrial marketplace. With over 120 employees, CDI has grown by serving its customers well and building relationships based on honesty and integrity.  For more information, call 507-451-2198 or visit,





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1 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades, October 2014

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