College Planning & Management

MAY 2013

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Facilities PHOTOS © DAVE DESROCHES C AMPUS SPACES Changing History Creating healthy interiors in older buildings takes creativity and planning. BY MAR K ROW H S OMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW? THAT may work great in weddings, but how about campus renovations? In constructing new buildings, assuring good indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a basic consideration. But when it comes to renovating older facilities, special efforts must often be taken to apply modern standards in acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, and air quality. "When dealing with older structures on campuses, IEQ requirements are always a concern," says Jeff Harding, director of MEP construction for Erland Construction in Burlington, MA. "The level of difficulty 40 differs depending on the LEED rating the university is trying to obtain and the complexity of each individual project." He notes that IEQ has a broader range of concerns than just air quality, which can be addressed by installing proper ventilation and fi ltration systems. Not only does indoor environmental quality take pollutants into account, it considers how the entire indoor environment contributes to the occupant's well-being. Know Your Buildings In the planning for renovation of older buildings, understanding their special qualities is a must. COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MAY 2013 "A thorough knowledge of the characteristics of older campus buildings is absolutely vital if upgrades are planned and sustainability is to be embraced," says Samuel Carmack, Jr., chief engineer for Baskervill, an architecture, engineering, and interior design fi rm in Richmond, VA. He says in initiating a planned upgrade, it's paramount to understand the effects of temperature and humidity on the structure as well as the effects that lighting, sound, and air movement have on its occupants. According to Carmack, older campus structures generally fall within three categories. Buildings constructed before WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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