The Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center was built in 1974 to provide care for psychiatric patients of Boston's low-income community. The 10-story, 200,000-sq-ft hospital was equipped with two steam-driven,
Unfortunately, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of buildings with serious and lingering IAQ problems, but they could alleviate the situation with simple and cost-effective hvac control techniques.
Last month, the story of how an historic Boston facility in need of a retrofit met the program management process. This month, the team installs a wide variety of improvements, and a delicate project comes to fruition.
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.