Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems provide thermal comfort and adequate indoor air quality for buildings’ occupants. In ARC 4620: Environmental Technology II, architecture students are taught the principles of HVAC systems and their applications in real-world projects.
Recently, students and instructors in ARC 4620 visited the Reitz Union to learn about and view the building’s HVAC system.
Sheila Noel, Reitz Union maintenance specialist, and Paul Jean, Reitz Union maintenance superintendent, gave the building tour while explaining various parts of the HVAC system operation, including the chiller plant, cooling tower and chilled beams.
At the end of the visit, a question and answer session was held in the Reitz Union’s Chamber room. Noel and Jean answered the students’ questions about the operation of HVAC systems in the building.