From a new 50% glass-walled terminal at one of the world’s busiest passenger airports to an innovative approach to providing cooling for huge water supply pumps, and finally to an unusual method of cooling and ventilating a new performing arts school, Dallas-Fort Worth design firms have their hands full. Read on to see how these three projects have driven innovation in the heart of the Lone Star state.
Two vastly different projects faced substantial challenges and turned to temporary HVAC for relief. Whether the goal was maintaining comfort for the amateur test-driving crowd or managing post-Katrina humidity for a recovering hotel, success was a matter of evaluating the challenge accurately and weighing options accordingly.
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.