Colleges & Universities

  • Smart schools look to SEMCO to improve indoor air quality, provide historic preservation with efficient technology, and lead their schools into making an envirnomental impact with energy recovery.


    Read below for the unique solutions that empowered each school to achieve its specific goals. 


    Carnegie Mellon: Stever House Dormitory

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Project: Failed energy recovery wheels and poor indoor air quality required an immediate solution

    Product: SEMCO True 3Å Wheel

    Payoff: After retrofitting their energy recovery units with SEMCO wheels, Carnegie Melon had a 54% reduction in TVOC contiminants in the indoor air from the original silica gel wheels. The dormintory achieved LEED Silver and used the retrofit opportunity to test the indoor air quality to prove compliance with ASHRAE Standard 62 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality). To achieve the same IAQ using the silica gel media, significantly more outdoor air would be needed - thus negating any energy savings of having a total energy recovery wheel.

    >> Read the full report          Download SEMCO Stever House IAQ Research Project Case Study


    Randolph Community College: Continuing Education and Industrial Center

    Asheboro, North Carolina


    Project: Recycling an outdated industrial factory into a LEED Gold showcase of the HVAC industry’s most innovative equipment

    Product: Pinnacle, Chilled BeamsSEMCO True 3Å Wheel

    Payoff: The CEIC’s comprehensive energy savings result in a six-year payback of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing specification. The LEED 2.2 project’s HVAC equipment provided 7 of the total 41 credits submitted for LEED Gold certification. The CEIC became the first LEED Gold Certified building in Randolph County in June 2013. The active chilled beams allowed the retrofit to keep its 10-foot ceilings because of the reduced plenum height required for the installation.   >> Download the full case study  


    Carnegie Mellon: Gates Hillman Center
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Project: Energy efficiency and sustainable design practices were given the highest priority, with a goal of achieving at least a LEED silver. 

    Product: Custom VAV systems with True 3Å total energy recovery wheels

    Payoff: Energy savings associated with the recovery wheels were monitored and accumulated over the first year of operation. Savings in excess of $90,000 were documented along with numerous other important operational and environmental benefits. The systems offered valuable "Optimize Energy Performance" LEED points which helped the new center attain LEED Gold certification.

    Download SEMCO Carnegie Mellon Gates-Hillman Case Study
     


    University of Maine: Folsom-Pullen Hall
    Presque Isle, Maine


    Project: A classroom building built in 1966 gets major upgrades and reduces its carbon footprint by 63%.

    Product: FV-5000 ERV, True 3Å wheels

    Payoff: The FV-5000 relies on SEMCO’s True 3Å total energy recovery wheel to recover both sensible and latent energy, not only reducing heating and cooling loads but providing humidification in the winter and dehumidification in the summer. As the wheel rotates between the opposing supply and return air streams, the higher temperature air gives up its sensible energy to the wheel’s aluminum substrate. A molecular sieve desiccant coating captures the water vapor in the air stream and transfers the moisture to where it is needed. 

    Download the SEMCO Folsom-Pullen Hall Case Study
     


    Marywood University: School of Architecture
    Scranton, Pennsylvania


    Project: Tight humidity control without any active regeneration of desiccant material in a remodeled gymnasium with limited room for ductwork.

    Product: Pinnacle, Chilled Beams

    Payoff: The design, by engineering firm of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., called for 42 chilled beams to provide 100% of the cooling for both design studio floors of the renovated building. The design of the entire system was built around the specific inclusion of the SEMCO Pinnacle unit, which offers a wide operating range and can be highly customized for the application. The Pinnacle unit utilizes advanced heat wheel technology to dehumidify and precondition supply ventilation air. The University’s School of Architecture earned LEED Gold certification for the newly-renovated building.

    Download the SEMCO Marywood University Case Study
     


    University of Arkansas: Peabody Hall

    Fayetteville, AR


    Project: Historical Renovation and Efficiency Upgrade with Chilled Beams

    Product: IQHC Active Chilled beams and Pinnacle DOAS

    Payoff: Energy efficiency and historic preservation are rarely synonymous.  More often than not, one must be compromised for the sake of the other.  Fortunately, the University of Arkansas found a way around such compromises when it came to the restoration and mechanical renovation of the school’s 100-year-old Peabody Hall. SEMCO’s chilled beams bring 21st century energy efficiency without compromising historic integrity. The dehumidified air from Pinnacle aided in the fight against the building's mold problem, and the non-invasive chilled beams allowed the high tin ceilings to be preserved in all of their historic beauty.

    Download the SEMCO Peabody Hall Case Study