Witt is a vice president with HSMM, an AECOM company, where he also serves as chief mechanical engineer. An honors graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, Witt has more than 29 years of experience in the design of complex mechanical systems for both new structures and renovation of older facilities. He is a member of ASHRAE, ASME, and SFPE, and has also written a number of articles for professional publications and journals.
Chiller plant retrofits are common. Reliability issues created by using water brought in from the Tidal Basin are not. An existing system involving a special vacuum priming system and a chilled-water jockey pump isn’t exactly commonplace, either. Then you have the chemical treatment concerns since the conditioned space houses priceless artwork. Return with us to the National Gallery of Art to see an interesting design for a project framed by a number of unusual restrictions.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.