Experts in Building Environments™
The 40,000 square-foot John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes building focuses on the academic needs of University athletes, serving as a study, counseling, and academic resource center, and an auditorium for this student population segment.
The award-winning glass exterior design of the building presented challenges that required an equally unique HVAC system to provide year-round comfort in the Oregon climate.
Three AHRI-Certified™ rooftop EnergyPack® air handling units with integrated water source heat pumps (WHSP) and energy recovery were used. Two of the units are dedicated to providing conditioned temperature-neutral outdoor air for the fan coils, as well as ventilation to various spaces. The third unit is dedicated to providing conditioned air to the auditorium and providing heat recovery from room exhaust.
Since the beginning of building occupancy in January, 2010, the Jaqua Center has seen the full range of western Oregon weather, including operating in both heating and cooling modes and proving the viability of using a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system for primary heat and cooling, with a separate system for outdoor air treatment and delivery.