New Air Handling Units (AHUs) Improves Energy Efficiency
Emory University Woodruff
Physical Education Center
Owner: Emory University
Woodruff Physical Education Center
Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.
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A McKenney’s service team and Emory University Woodruff Physical
Education Center (WPEC) staff improved energy efficiency with new air
handling units (AHUs).
The AHUs at the WPEC had reached the end of their service life. The
mechanical room adjacent to the pool area had very little space for AHU
removal and installation. Additionally, the pool was open throughout
the project, requiring collaboration with WPEC staff to avoid disruption of
scheduled recreational and athletic activities.
Working to maintain safety with WPEC staff, the team installed new
ductwork and then disassembled the new AHUs. Next, they removed two
window sections near the pool, turned the unit components sideways
and used a crane to lift the parts through the windows. Once the
components were inside—with half hanging mid-air over the pool at one
point—they were rigged upright to make the final turn into the
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The new AHUs are now contributing to Emory University WPEC’s energy
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