Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project involves replacing flooring throughout the office and installing, replacing, or upgrading HVAC package units, split systems, and building control equipment such as CO2 monitors and PEARL Economizer Controllers. These improvements to the District Office are intended to be beneficial to the staff by improving air quality throughout the campus and replacing surfaces conducive to cleaning and disinfecting.
A Class 1 categorical exemption would apply because the proposed project would require maintenance and minor alteration to the office’s mechanical equipment, which includes to the existing HVAC system, to help improve air quality throughout the office. As described above, the proposed project would include installing, replacing, or upgrading HVAC package units, split systems, and building control equipment such as CO2 monitors and PEARL Economizer Controllers at the District Office. Additionally, implementation of the proposed project would require minor repairs to the existing District Office building including replacing flooring throughout the office.
The proposed project does not involve the on-site use of a hazardous waste incinerator or thermal treatment unit; the relocation of residences or businesses; or the potential release into the air of volatile organic compounds. The proposed project would not add any building space to the existing office. Existing use of the facility as the District office would stay the same under the proposed project. Therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15301.
The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See Attachment to Notice of Exemption for further explanation of the evaluation, which is available at the Perris Elementary School District, 143 East First Street, Perris, CA 92570.