University of Chicago has combined an underground library with a domed reading room. Throw in a restoration room for work on rare and sensitive materials, and you have a three-tiered
engineering challenge for ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, and filtration.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.