It’s typical for a chiller to contribute to occupant comfort. It’s less typical for a chiller to ensure occupant survival, but such is the mix of occupants at The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. In this year’s Engineering Award-winning project, the array of HVAC chal-lenges and circumstances is as wide as the variety of environments recreated “in nature” for two-legged visitors to experience. All in all, New York’s first LEED®-certified museum brings the outside in with nimble but powerful design.
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.