is TKDA’s manager for the Industrial Heating, Power and Cooling
Group. TKDA is a St. Paul-based firm that provides communities,
public agencies, and businesses with engineering, architecture, and
A window and door manufacturer that used up to 100,000 lb/hr of steam was informed that its steam source was being eliminated. No problem! Working with a design firm forged a clear vision: overhauls of its steam and biomass systems, plus a warm-water recovery plan that took advantage of (and protected) the local environment. See how the company’s HVAC emerged renewed and renewable.
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.