The original semi-custom air handler for the new Olympic sized pool at East Irondequoit High School needed to be replaced. With a previous HVAC product life of less than 20 years, the customer knew they wanted their new HVAC system to have a longer lifespan. The original HVAC system was built into the space at the time of the overall facility construction. The new HVAC system would have to be custom designed for the original space in the new project.

In addition, the customer requested the HVAC system utilize energy recovery to save on utility costs while bringing in fresh, dry outside air into the aquatics facility. By doing this, the humidity would be reduced in the pool space and energy would be saved by pre-heating the incoming outside air with the outgoing humid exhaust air. Also, the pool air was fresh with no noticeable pool odors. There was no danger of frost down to -20° F outside air with the inclusion of a heat pipe.

The strong synchronized swimming program at the school was also concerned with the noise in the space from the previous HVAC system and wanted to make sure the new system would operate quietly.


East Irondequoit High School learned about MarCraft Custom HVAC Systems as a result of a satisfied customer in nearby Greece, NY. Greece High School had recently installed a MarCraft Custom HVAC System with energy recovery for dehumidification as well as unique sizing due to the retrofit nature of the project for their aquatics facility and was extremely satisfied with the results. Sections of the MarCraft HVAC System for Greece High School had to fit through a standard double door.

Upon the positive referral, competitive price, extensive product capabilities and greater efficiency on utility costs, East Irondequoit engaged MarCraft to build a custom HVAC system that would exceed their expectations, be more energy efficient and provide greater longevity than the previous system. The engineering firm requested assistance from the internal MarCraft engineers based on the complexity of the unit fitting in a tight space and other project requirements.


East Irondequoit High School’s Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds is extremely satisfied with the MarCraft Custom HVAC System. During installation the system fit perfectly in the tight space as it came in four separate sections. After installation the system performed as promised. As a matter of fact, the joke around the aquatics facility now is the only sound you hear in the space is that of the pool skimmers. With a product lifespan of nearly 50 years, the MarCraft Custom HVAC System will keep decades of swimmers comfortable and the school district happy for years to come. MarCraft met all of the design criteria and delivered a first class custom HVAC system.