Karpinski Engineering led several design teams during a recent project at The Ohio State University. Working alongside Perspectus Architecture, EEI Healthcare, Kahoe, R.H. Cochran and Associates, Inc., and Mays Consulting & Evaluation Services, Inc., KE was tasked with identifying and resolving seasonal negative pressure issues throughout Rhodes, Doan, James, and Ross buildings on the Wexner Medical Center campus. It was important to rectify this issue before its possible effect on the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center. KE worked with design teams involved in other Medical Center projects, suggesting where their projects could be modified to reduce air pressure issues. The project included reducing envelope deficiency issues that allowed free movement of untreated air from outside to inside of the building; repairing and modifying the HVAC system; limiting free air movement between buildings and building features like atriums, shafts, and corridor walls; and pressurizing and pre-treating air in major entry areas.
The first phase of repairs and remediation is under way, and the second-phase design is slated for completion by early summer. Construction will begin immediately on the second phase, allowing for as many repairs to be made as possible prior to opening the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center.
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