Colleges/Universities HVAC

Auditorium Overhaul

Since opening in November 1929, Northrop Auditorium has served the University of Minnesota as a venue for music, dance, traveling roadshows, and convocations in its auditorium.
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Improve Pump Operations with VFD Network Multiplexing

From setting up node addresses to the nuances of lead and lag pump operation, explore the opportunities for tailored, more efficient performance and increased redundancy.
Single VFDs are often integrated into new and existing applications due to the huge amount of energy savings and programming benefits.
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Radiant Panels On Campus

This law school design story moves on from rationales for early decisions to the specific next-phase design challenges. Team effort combines with DOAS, radiant ceiling panels, DCV, and setpoint fine-tuning to maintain this case’s appeal.
Perhaps the U.S.’s largest to-date Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) coupled with radiant ceiling panel (RCP) cooling and heating mechanical system is currently under construction at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington).
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Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Renovated College Student Union New Building Project

At some point in time, most college or university building committees are given the responsibility to establish a building upgrade program to enhance their campus and attract the interest of potential future students.
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Variable Refrigerant Flow vs. Buildng Codes

When newer technologies or techniques meet older codes written for an earlier version of engineering reality, the losers are the users and occupants.
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC is quickly taking over market share of the industry for commercial buildings.
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VSD Retrofit For Lab Fume Hood Exhaust System

When you’re a student working with toxic chemicals, jarring alarms are not exactly a desired part of your process.
Control recommissioning in existing buildings presents an excellent opportunity to not only save energy, but to fix operational deficiencies and work with the building’s occupants to reduce complaints.
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Lab Results: Big (And Sometimes Fewer) Changes

When you have to individually go verify whether 128 air curtains meant to ensure air balance in the original design’s branch ductwork are still there or not, you’re not having an easy time of it.
One of the worst-performing buildings I’ve had the pleasure to study was a 375,000-sq-ft laboratory building at a Midwest university.
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Seawater Warms Up Marine College Building

“Think Globally, Design Locally” could’ve been the slogan for this opportunistic design on the Maine coast.
Geothermal and VRF components, along with a key design revision and even an underwater heat exchanger, buoyed this project as it sailed toward a flexible and sustainable finish.
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Trust But Verify

After 40 years and other engineering studies, a large university building still suffered from humidity problems. Our intrepid author dug into the data and the dark corners of the building in pursuit of the culprit — or culprits?
Sebesta Blomberg was commissioned to study a humidity problem for a 400,000–sq-ft library at a university in the Midwest a few years ago.
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Connecting New Boilers To Old Pipes

Combustion air, ventilation, piping, expansion tanks … with these and other factors affecting performance and safety, the boiler swap is not exactly a plug-and-play situation.
Designing a commercial boiler replacement where you were not the original designer or installer might have some hidden dangers that could haunt you for years.
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