Starting in 2010, Tennessee Tech University launched its “Learning Villages” concept for its residence halls to create smaller, more personal groups within the larger university setting. The school’s Ellington and Warf Halls were renovated in 2012 to serve as the Arts and Media Village.
As part of the renovation process, CHC Mechanical completely replaced both the mechanical and plumbing systems. The outdated system was removed in favor of a new four-pipe system serving individual fan coil units. Outside make-up air units were installed using steam preheat/reheat and chilled water to condition fresh air for the entire building. Heating includes two new steam-to-hot-water heat exchangers serving all fan coils, the outside air units, and the domestic hot water.
Working in concert with the mechanical designer, CHC Mechanical altered the piping layout to rack it on the wall as opposed to being suspended overhead, making better use of the space.