Switenki is a mechanical engineer with Arup (San Francisco), a global engineering and consulting firm. He has served as the mechanical project engineer throughout the construction phase of the new California Academy of Sciences, and has applied his strengths in low-energy HVAC system design and multi-discipline coordination to health care and arts and culture projects. He also has experience with all types of commercial, educational, and institutional facilities. He is also a member of both ASHRAE and ASHE.
When visitors enter this academy’s new home, they won’t only see thousands of specimens and creatures on display. An overtly sustainable design approach - including HVAC that smartly blends natural ventilation and radiant systems - will be on display as well. The way the system adapts to recent and current conditions is as much a key as the equipment itself, so follow it from the CFD to the details adjusted on-site.
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.