Price Solution: Unsurpassed Modern Comfort
Active chilled beams from Price were utilized for the project because they were able to meet the comfort requirements of the space without disrupting the aesthetic of the building. Due to the
temperature extremes and the expansive glass curtain wall in the Commons Area, the design team had approached the project with limited options and significant concerns about comfort in the space.
The engineer’s recommendation to employ active beams, however, addressed the design team’s concerns and they opted to move forward with the selection. This would vastly reduce the ducting
requirements while also saving energy and ensuring occupant comfort.
The renovations were completed in early 2009, with occupants reporting that they love how quiet the system is and are impressed with the high levels of thermal comfort and the virtual elimination
of cold drafts. Greg Brooks of EDA Architects described the impact of chilled beams on the space as "…incredible – you can walk down the corridors of the high school and feel cool air 100 feet
before you get to [the] Commons. It is a very comfortable cool – you forget about [the] mechanical system."
The piping requirements for active beams were easily incorporated into the existing structure of the cafeteria and the need for extensive renovation related to ductwork was eliminated. In the
Commons Area, the beams were attractively integrated into the 16-foot high cloud ceiling.
The system has proven to be extremely low maintenance, which was an important consideration for the school custodians.
The renovation and addition were designed to embody LEED principals and the beams were part of a hybrid approach that also incorporated a radiant floor system. The architect, engineer and
contractor worked collaboratively to create a space that far exceeded the expectations of all involved.