Old Campus Buildings – Old Air Handling Units
Published February 27, 2015, by Christine Parrington
In order to stay viable and keep admission rates high, colleges and universities of today understand the demands for modernized infrastructures and the need to keep up with technological advancements. This often means construction of new, highly sustainable, state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate such demand. But what about the cornerstone buildings on campus that have been in operation for decades?
More often than not, the original mechanical equipment in these buildings is still being used, but is struggling to keep up and/or remain in compliance with ever-changing building codes. Air handlers, for example, are often one of the largest and oldest pieces of mechanical equipment still operational in many older buildings, but they are riddled with problems such as leaks, corrosion, and standing water due to ineffective drainage.
Although replacing these older units might be the preferred option, it’s often not in the cards considering the sizable expense and the fact that capital dollars are being channeled towards new construction projects. Factor in logistical difficulties due to their size and location, and the down-time required to accommodate removal and replacement, and it’s easy to see why the idea of replacing air handlers often gets put to the bottom of the list unless and until it becomes absolutely necessary. But what if you could refurbish those same problematic, deteriorated units and significantly extend the life of them for many years to come, and for a fraction of what it would cost to replace them? With AQUIS, you can.