Strict New Air Standards Put a Gym Design in Jeopardy—Trane Provides Some Last Minute Heroics
The Ottawa Hills High School in a northeastern suburb of Toledo, Ohio, has seen a lot of changes since it was built in 1939. A number of additions had brought it to its present size of 166,000 sq. feet, and a plan for a new gymnasium and four new locker rooms was going to increase it by another 23,000 sq. feet. Then the Ohio School Facilities Commission published a comprehensive design manual providing specific direction for school design and renovation. The new requirements not only dictated that all designs had to maximize the amount of useable space in any new buildings, they stiffened the ASHRAE standards for indoor air quality. It looked like it was going to be back to the drawing board, until Bud Bernsdorff, a Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineer from HT Bernsdorff, Inc, remembered a Trane solution that had worked for him before.
Read the full solution