Advanced HVAC Systems

Selecting and specifying the optimal HVAC system to meet the Owner’s Project Requirements is critical to the success of a high performance project.

Young Harris College Rollins Campus Center

Located in the remarkable mountain setting of north Georgia, Young Harris College is a private college at the beginning of an unprecedented building program to support this anticipated growth. The centerpiece of this new building program is the 125,000-square-foot Campus Center, designed to catapult the student experience at Young Harris College into the 21st century. The Rollins Center will become the signature facility at Young Harris College – the social and intellectual heart of campus – and is expected to respond to the needs of the occupants while being true to the college’s commitment towards resource conservation and sustainability.

The design employs a high-performance HVAC system in conjunction with an integrated design process to reduce building loads and decrease the building’s projected energy use index (EUI) by 50% over the ASHRAE 90.1 Baseline.

The HVAC systems include:

  • Water-to-water ground source heat pumps producing chilled water, heating hot water and domestic hot water
  • Ground-source well field with 182 x 500 foot deep bores to carry the condenser water load
  • Dual-wheel (total enthalpy + passive dehumidification) energy recovery units to condition ventilation air
  • Active chilled beams for space cooling
  • In-slab, hydronic radiant heat for space heating

The other features of this building include a high-performance envelope, exterior shading, efficient lighting and lighting controls, daylight harvesting, efficient building envelope, low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush water closets. The building is pursuing LEED certification with a projected 40% energy cost savings for EAc1.

Young Harris Student Center Rendering

Ramya Shivkumar, CEM, WELL AP

Ramya Shivkumar, CEM, WELL AP

Senior Associate, Energy & Sustainability
Ramya has more than 10 years of experience in designing and consulting on energy efficient building systems. Her expertise includes sustainable design, energy efficiency, integrated design, and building energy analysis and simulation. Ramya is a certified WELL Accredited Professional. Email Ramya
Ramya Shivkumar, CEM, WELL AP

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