When the Pina Bausch dance company came to the University of California (UC) Berkeley for a weekend of live performances presented by Cal Performances in December 2011, the theater’s production team faced an unusual challenge. The show incorporated a vintage 1940 slide projector being shipped from Germany for use in the Zellerbach Hall auditorium, and Doug Warrick, general manager of Cal Performances, had to find a way to ensure that noise and heat buildup from the projector would not ruin the performance or, worse yet, create a fire hazard in the theater.
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.