Continuation of first post...
This is the first pic of the energy lab. The machine in the fore-ground is a dual-duct constant air volume system. Definately not high-tech, but as there are many of them, it is here so that we know how to work on one. Notice redundant pnumatic and DDC controls. The lab was setup with both so that we can learn how to setup and work on both styles.
On the other side of the energy lab, you see the second air handler, which is a 10 ton VAV system. It has both freq. drive on the motor and RA dampners so that we can work on both styles of VAV. You can also see the 10 ton Trane Chiller that was donated to us (left side) and the other side of the dual-duct CAV AH in the previous pic.
This is one of the four equipment labs on the first floor; more specifically, the fossil fuel lab. Yeah, its messy... we're still moving in. See all that steel above? There are wire racks in all labs so that a cable can be run from above and dropped down to any piece of equipment we have/need setup. They were completely donated. Also, see the stainless steel pipe? That's the exhaust system for all of the furnaces and boilers. 80% and 90% gas furnaces, and all styles of oil burners can be vented into that pipe. Drain tubs drop from the pipes in various locations to drain off any condensate that forms. Each lab also has a different style of radiant in-floor heat... Just about every technique used to temper the heating water before it enters the floor is used so that we can learn the different methods.
This is the building's mechanical room on the first floor just off of the attrium and main entrace. The pumps for all systems are located to the left, the steam condensate pump in the middle, the Trane chiller behind, steam-hot water heat exchanger to the right. As you can tell the walls to the room are all glass. You can see right in to see what is what. The room was designed so that a class of 20 could walk through and take measurements and look at equipment.
This last one is my favorite. This is a perfect shot of the color-coded piping and duct that runs through the building. This is looking down the main corridor to the equipment labs. Look at that wire rack to the right... over NINETY-TWO THOUSAND FEET of communications cable was run. The building was designed so that you can literally sit anywhere inside and be able to plug your laptop into the network. Directly in front is the tool crib where all the heavy equipment and tools are stored. Nice to see that the digital camera and clock are reading the same time.
Oh, one last thing I should tell you. It's not done yet. Only half of it is open. That's why I didn't get any of the outside... the construction work is everywhere.
If any of you are in the area, you should drop by and take a tour. The pictures do not do it justice, despite the fact that I took 9 and they are fairly large to cover a wide area. Pics are one thing... seeing the real thing is another.
Here is my disclaimer: I was not paid to do this, I'm not getting any tuition reimbursement for doing this, I don't make commision for recruiting other students. I did this because I wanted to show why I drive 14 hours to go to school, and to give you guys something to "ooo" and "ahh" over. Therefore, I am not spamming. So there.