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Friday, November 01, 2013

Mechanical Engineers (Nov 1)

UAS FH Construction Update for 11/01/2013 

Mechanical Engineers 

You will love Mechanical Engineers for this one. 

In the old days, Mechanical Engineers heated buildings with a fireplace or pot-bellied stove and they cooled buildings by opening the window.  Now days they use sophisticated HVAC (Heating & Ventilation & Air-Conditioning) equipment.  It does not matter if it’s minus 20 degrees outside or 95 degrees and 100 percent humidity, you can walk in most modern buildings and the HVAC system will keep you at a comfortable 68-72 degrees. 

The Mechanical Engineers for the UAS Freshman Residence Hall already provided us with those cool blue pipes to provide fresh air to keep your room smelling clean.  (See October 11 update) But, now you will love the Mechanical Engineers for heating the UAS Freshman Residence Hall with radiant floor heating.  Radiant floor heating works by pumping hot water through the white pipes shown in the photos and which will soon be embedded in a concrete floor.  The concrete floor heats up and keeps the whole building warm.  No longer will you have to put your fuzzy slippers on before jumping out of bed in the morning to keep your feet from freezing, the heated floor will keep your feet nice and toasty warm.  As anyone who has experienced radiant floor heating, can attest that it is one of the best ideas Mechanical Engineers have come up with in the past 20 years.  So get rid of those fuzzy slippers and say thank you to a Mechanical Engineer.

Pink Insulation, Grey Steel, White Pipe
Pink Insulation,    Grey Steel,    White Pipe
Raident Floor Heating - White Pipe
Raident Floor Heating -  White Pipe

 


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