Construction is well under way for the Energy Air Commercial team installing the HVAC system for Ringling College of Art and Design’s new library building in Sarasota, Fla. Construction began in January, but the project kicked off in November for Energy Air BIM Designer, Doug Kulp, who completed the nearly three-month long, intense coordination process.
At 37,149 square feet, the project quadruples the size of the existing building, and was designed to be a state-of-the-art facility that will meet the needs of RCAD’s vibrant and growing campus. Mechanical systems installed include a custom-built Temptrol unit served by a 20-ton Trane chiller and includes a back-up chilled-water coil, a DX system, a back-up DX system and a steam-generated humidifier. This custom unit serves the second floor where art collections, some of which have been previously housed off-site, will be kept.
Additional equipment includes a 25-ton Mitsubishi VRF condenser system with nine evaporators, a Trane Quantum Climate Changer air handler, 41 VAVs and all associated piping, pumps, duct work, insulation and controls.
Willis A. Smith Construction is the contractor for the project, and the building is expected to be complete in October 2016.