Posts Categorized: Current News

UVM – STEM Complex | Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System

Project Name: University of Vermont STEM Complex  Architect: Freeman, French & Freeman, Inc. Mechanical Engineer: BR + A Consulting Engineers Mechanical Contractor: VHV Company Equipment: OA Intake and EA Discharge Plenums Manufacturer: Konvenkta, Size: 148,300 CFM DAC Sales Engineer: Brad Carpenter Project Overview: The University of Vermont’s $104 million investment in a new Science Technology… Read more »

University Biology Lab HVAC Upgrade | Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System

Project Name: University Biology Lab HVAC Upgrade Architect: Perkins & Will Mechanical Engineer: Rist-Frost Shumway Engineering Mechanical Contractor: J.C. Higgins Equipment: Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System and High Plume Laboratory Dilution Fans Manufacturer: Konvekta, MK Plastics Size: 144,000 CFM DAC Sales Engineer: David Goodman Project Overview: This project replaces the Biolabs’ aged HVAC infrastructure with new… Read more »

Project Snapshot: John Hannigan Elementary School | Thermo-Composite DX Units

  Project Name: John Hannigan Elementary School  Architect: Turowski2 Architecture, Inc. Mechanical Engineer: Griffith and Vary Mechanical Contractor: KMD Mechanical Equipment: 5 Rooftop Units with DX Manufacturer: Annexair Size: 6,050, 7,285, 10,200, 4,000, and 6,100 CFM DAC Sales Engineer: Pat Will Project Overview: The students in the northern part of the South End peninsula are… Read more »

Project Snapshot: Boston University – Theater Center

Project Name: Boston University – Theater Center  Architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects Mechanical Engineer: Vanderweil Mechanical Contractor: TG Gallagher Equipment: Modular Chiller and Boiler Plant – Mechanical Enclosure Manufacturer: Cambridgeport  Size: Two 125 ton chillers, three CW pumps, three CHW pumps, two HW pumps, one FC pump, two boilers, all piping and accessories and a fully… Read more »

SMARDT Chillers win Energy Award at Citizens Bank Data Center, Medford MA

Citizen Bank Data Center, Medford, Massachusetts SMARDT, Danfoss Turbocor & Southern Air Win Association of Energy Engineers Award for Citizens Bank Installation The New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) recently announced its 2007 Energy Awards Projects. Among the award winners were Southern Air and Citizens Bank for the Citizens Bank data… Read more »

Project Snapshot: Freetown Lakeville Intermediate School | Pool Unit

Project Name: Freetown-Lakeville Intermediate School  Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc. Mechanical Engineer: SED Associates Mechanical Contractor: Ambient Temperature, Inc.. Equipment: Pool Dehumidifier Manufacturer: Seresco Size: Seresco NP-18 Pool Dehumidification Unit. DAC Sales Engineer: Craig Ashman Project Overview: In 1994, Rick McGinley from DAC Sales designed an air-to-air dehumidification unit for the George R. Austin Intermediate School… Read more »

ECM Fan Retrofit with Q-PAC

ECM Motors and Fans have provided a practical solution to most AHU fan retrofits.  There are a lot of good reasons to consider them in your HVAC designs.  (7 Reasons to Use ECM Motors).  Watch how simple the process can be. Related Blog Posts:   Custom Air Handling Unit Design | The ECM Fan Array… Read more »

Passive House Design – What Does it Mean

Passive House – What Does It Mean Recently, in conversations with mechanical engineering and architectural specifiers about ventilation in commercial buildings, I have noticed persistent confusion over the use of the phrase “Passive House.” Developed originally by the German Passivhaus Institut (PHI), the phrase describes the concept of building airtight, well-insulated buildings that provide occupant comfort… Read more »

Adiabatic Humidifiers – Now OK for Hospitals

High Pressure Humidification Spray

ASHRAE regulation 170-2013 has been updated with an addendum, which changes the requirements on the technology needed to humidify hospital environments, allowing the use of adiabatic humidifiers. Historically, humidification in hospitals and particularly in operating rooms has almost always been provided by isothermal humidifiers, which produce steam. Steam is notoriously a natural disinfectant, as most pathogens are immediately… Read more »