Lancaster – Some heavy lifting is being done this week on the Rooftop Air Handler project at Ohio University Lancaster. A crane was used Monday to lift material to the rooftop of Brasee Hall needed to build a platform for a new air handler.
The old rooftop HVAC unit was installed in the early 1990’s. It is being replaced with a new unit that is considered an upgrade.
“As Brasee Hall was originally constructed, some of the current office areas of the 5th floor did not exist. With those additions, a roof top HVAC system was added,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. “Twenty plus years later, the unit has reached the end of its expected life, anticipated maintenance costs and the savings of a newer more fuel efficient system makes the change necessary and logical.”
“The new unit will be more efficient and will use the building’s chilled water and hot water loops to condition air in the 5th floor administrative offices and faculty office spaces,” said Interim Physical Plant Director Mark Bateson.
On Wednesday, Fox Mechanical is planning to lift the new air handler unit on to the roof and take off the old HVAC rooftop unit. But, putting the new unit on the roof is not the end of the project.
“It will then be a mad dash to finish the duct work, water piping and electrical systems for the new unit in as short of a time period as possible,” said Bateson.
"The 5th floor is also planned for a new roof in the month ahead given its age," said Smith. "While we have already experienced some roof leaks, the work is being sequenced so that items requiring construction like the repair of the Mansard roof over the art gallery that occurred recently and the replacement of the HVAC unit are occurring first to prevent any damage to the new roof."