A huge capital improvement project was started and completed over the summer. Due to a generous donation of $225,000 by an alumni family, we were able to put new fully-sealed windows and doors in all exterior facing windows and doors in the academic building and both the girls and boys dorms, including the gurdwara and medical rooms. AC/heating units to both control temperature and filter the air were also installed in all of the girls and boys dorm rooms and the existing AC units in the classrooms, the medical rooms and the gurdwara were also upgraded.
This project was initiated to improve the air quality of all our interior spaces. Two years ago we installed air purifiers in all of the classrooms and dorm rooms, which made an improvement in the air quality, but with our old windows and doors, we couldn’t create a seal that could keep that purified air indoors. With our new sealed windows and doors, we’re already noticing a huge improvement in air quality. When the Air Quality Index (AQI) outside recently said 89, the AQI indoors was 18. This difference will become even more marked at those times of year when the air quality worsens.
This change was big news for all of the returning students and will provoke some reaction in our alumni. For 22 years the students at MPA did not have AC in their dorms and had to suffer through the hot months at both the beginning and the end of the year. It makes a huge difference to come to MPA in August and have AC indoors when the temperature outside is 45ºC with up to 100% humidity.
“Having AC is still surreal. When I wake up in the morning and see the AC unit on the walls. . . after being here for seven years it’s something else.” – Hargobind Singh, Grade 12 (7th year at MPA)
“It’s great. I feel very privileged. It makes me wonder what it will be like if I came back to MPA in ten years. It’s changed things a lot, especially the physical appearance. When you open your blinds, it looks so beautiful.” – Raminder Kaur, Grade 11 (4th year at MPA)