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.
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.