Chilling Out at Marywood Universitys New School of Architecture

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Columbia, MO - June 15, 2009 - Colleges and universities are changing the way they approach construction projects and Marywood University is no exception. This private, Catholic university in Scranton, PA unveiled its new Center for Architectural Studies in August 2009 amid enormous excitement and pride from faculty, students, and the architecture/engineering team.

    The Center is the academic facility for the University’s new School of Architecture. Inside the restored walls of a former gym, Marywood students will pursue undergraduate and graduate architectural degrees, including preparation for the LEED Accredited Professional exam. Lessons in sustainability, energy efficiency and indoor air quality literally surround these students as they prepare for a career in architecture. This includes the use of chilled beam technology and advanced energy recovery.

    While chilled beams are common in Europe, they are still considered an emerging technology by many in the US. That, however, did not discourage the University from implementing the efficiency-focused design proposed by the engineering firm of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. The firm’s design called for 42 chilled beams to provide 100% of the cooling for both design studio floors of the renovated building. It also included a SEMCO Pinnacle® Primary Ventilation System. The Pinnacle unit utilizes advanced heat wheel technology to dehumidify and precondition supply ventilation air—an important part of the puzzle since chilled beams handle sensible loads only, not latent (humidity) loads.

    “I thought it was a great idea,” said Myron Marcinek, Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds at Marywood. “It seemed like a great energy saver and we are very proactive in that.”

    To find out why SEMCO’s Chilled Beams and SEMCO’s Pinnacle® Primary Ventilation System were chosen for Marywood Universities School of Architecture and how these technologies can reduce the energy consumption of a building download the case study.