Orta is a mechanical engineer, focusing on the design and engineering of HVAC systems, the development and approval of specifications and the punctual issuance of construction documents. Orta ensures that projects are in compliance with building codes and project criteria. Orta coordinates the computer design staff for the mechani-cal department and handles the quality control.
University of Chicago has combined an underground library with a domed reading room. Throw in a restoration room for work on rare and sensitive materials, and you have a three-tiered
engineering challenge for ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, and filtration.
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.