Price Solution: Price's Hybrid Installation
Following a visit to the Price Technical Center in Atlanta where he was exposed to a number of different technologies, Tripp Martin of Edmondson Engineers
selected a strategy that used radiant panels to handle the heating and cooling requirements, supplemented with displacement ventilation to handle dehumidifi cation and airside requirements. Radiant panel installations had been used for similar applications in the past, and had been proven to meet the tight thermal requirements for electron microscope labs.
The Price Applications Engineering Team assisted Edmondson Engineers by providing project design review, drawings, and submittal paperwork. In order to meet
the tight design and construction time frame, the Price team held to their goal of responding to information and design requests within 24 hours. The resulting environmental system exceeded the project performance requirements.
Once drawings and submittals were complete and approved, Price worked with Hockaday Contractors to ensure that the ordering, production, shipping and installation of the radiant panels and displacement system met the project completion deadline. The mechanical contractor had no prior experience working with radiant panels, but found them to be quite easy to install, as Price provided hanging brackets and hose kits specifically designed and selected for the project. A single displacement diffuser - which was incorporated into the space to deal with humidity requirements and remove heat from the equipment - was also easy to install.
As anticipated by the Price team, the solution also provided exemplary acoustic performance. Traditionally, most rooms built to house sound sensitive equipment are completely covered in acoustic padding. By using the standard acoustic batting that is part of Price Radiant Panels, the NCSU facility was able to achieve exceptional sound performance without the need for additional padding. This level of acoustic performance significantly reduced the project investment.
The radiant panel system has been extremely effective in moderating temperature in the space, even "absorbing" issues from other sources to maintain environmental integrity. The facility has been up and running since April 2012 and typically goes 16 hours at a time with no measurable change in temperature, easily exceeding the room's ambitious performance criteria.