Porter is senior vice president
and mechanical engineer with the architectural and engineering firm, Hayes,
Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc., (Virginia Beach, VA) and is the firm’s
principal in charge of justice and public safety projects.
of all the considerations that go into a good design, and then add a separate
and unusually vital layer of security concerns, and that begins to approximate
the situation for correctional facility HVAC. This article evaluates many
common options, giving particular attention to equipment placement and which ventilation
strategies adapt well to life behind bars.
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.