The 250 South Wacker building reportedly houses a first for American HVAC installations. That might sound exotic, but as you’ll see, the author delivers the story behind this retrofit in a matter-of-fact manner that belies the step forward taken by the owner and project team. Da beams may never be quite as popular as Da Bears in Chicago, but they’re bound to spread as other project embrace the concept’s advantages.
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.