Emory University Raoul Residence Hall

HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for a new $28-million, 104,000 sq. ft., 344-bed residence hall. The project has achieved a Gold rating under the LEED green building program.

  • The mechanical design and equipment specification assisted in optimizing the building’s energy performance 22% over a code minimum building.
  • The building is connected to the campus’ central underground high efficiency chilled water and steam loops.
  • A single central custom energy recovery unit was utilized to supply room neutral outside air to occupied spaces throughout the building.   The unit contains both an enthalpy wheel and sensible re-heat wheel to pre-treat outside air with exhaust air to lower building heating and cooling utility costs.
  • The residential life offices are served by a dedicated variable volume air handling unit with full airside economizer capability.
  • In portions of the building with a higher level of finish, air distribution devices were specified with a woodgrain finish to compliment the adjacent wood ceiling systems.
  • Utilized low flow plumbing fixtures and cross connection to an offsite non-potable water system to reduce domestic water consumption 44% over a code minimum building thereby saving an estimated 2,670,000 gallons of water annually.  A separate non-potable water piping system with storage tank, dye system, booster pump delivers flushing water to the water closets.
  • The automatic sprinkler system and standpipes for the new building were connected to a fire pump in an adjacent building.
  • The building automation system monitors and trends energy consumption (power, steam, chilled water, natural gas, and domestic water) for all mechanical systems.
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