Heating and lighting makeover for Olin Hall
Retrofit featured an article about energy upgrades at Denison:
“Recently, the university upgraded the F.W. Olin Science Hall’s HVAC and lighting systems to make them more efficient and to improve student and faculty comfort.
“The project presented several challenges. Since the building had been recently renovated, it was essential that the work not damage or compromise the interior. As a science building, special attention needed to be paid to air quality and consistency to ensure that lab experiments could be performed reliably. And finally, the timeline was tight because the work had to be completed between the spring and fall semesters, and around summer research programs.
“To meet these challenges, Denison turned to Schneider Electric. The university had been working with Schneider Electric for several years, and was already using the company’s SmartStruxure solution building management system (BMS) to monitor and control energy use over most of the campus. Denison University was one of the first sites to install SmartStruxure solution when it was introduced.
“The integrated solution includes Enterprise Server and WorkStation Professional software for campus-wide system operation. Buildings have at least one Automation Server with TAC Xenta field controllers connected to HVAC equipment, including air handling units, boilers, chillers, cooling towers, variable air volume terminals and fan coil units. Some buildings that had Schneider Electric’s TAC I/NET legacy controls were migrated into the Enterprise Server to simplify day-to-day operations.
“'Since we already had SmartStruxure solution on campus and our buildings’ DDC system needed upgrading, it made sense to work with Schneider Electric, especially when the wireless solution was proposed to help reduce costs and disruption in the occupied building,'said Denison University’s Director of Facility Services, Art Chonko.”