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Christopher Kelly


Architectural Engineering


Mechanical Option

This page was last updated on January 14th, 2011, by Christopher Kelly and is hosted by the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

Monday, May 02, 2011

University of Pittsburgh

Salk Hall Addition




The proposal contains a discussion of the systems designed for the Salk Hall Addition and two alternatives that will be considered for further investigation: 1) VAV with a condensing boiler and heat recovery chiller   and   2) Active chilled beams with dual energy recovery.


Typical VAV distribution with a Condensing Boiler and a Heat Recovery Chiller


The Salk Hall Addition is currently planned to receive its utilities from campus loops, but an investigation of on-site production of hot and cold water could yield economic savings.


Demand control ventilation through an aircuity system will also be included in this design.



Active Chilled Beams with Dual Wheel Energy Recovery


The Salk Hall Addition currently is designed with one enthalpy recovery wheel in each air handler. The use of active chilled beams should diminish the required amount of airflow delivered to each space (from a cooling perspective). The dual wheel energy recovery design will allow for maximum treatment of the incoming outdoor air before it is delivered to the chilled beams.




The two breadths proposed for analysis are an electrical systems analysis, discussing the increased demand of on-site chillers and boilers, and an architectural system analysis, in which a proposed a rain-water/snow melting harvesting system will be evaluated. 




While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Christopher Kelly. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, an methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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