This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B June test for an HVAC application on a college campus with a building program to construct a new 12-classroom facility. The project delivery method is integrated project delivery (IPD).
As a rule, college and university support services are very knowledgeable about the HVAC infrastructure that is required to assure the correct space environment. Still, it would be very beneficial for these individuals, along with the rest of the IPD team, to read ASHRAE 2015 Application Handbook, chapter 7 (Educational Facilities) to refresh their knowledge of ASHRAE’s guidelines when pre- paring to authorize the designing classrooms. In addition, chapter 34 of the handbook discusses geothermal energy in preparation of designing and constructing a water ground source heat pump (GSHP) system. The owner’s facility management group should also read chapters 36 through 43 of the 2015 Handbook to assist in preparing for operating and maintaining a GSHP system. This informa- tion combined with the owner’s own knowledge of operating this type of room will assist the IPD team in understanding intricacies of owning, operating, and managing geothermal installations. It is also recommended that the owner-design team read chapter 59 of the same ASHRAE handbook titled HVAC Security.