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ADC Vice President Lorenzo Rios, Jr. led a tour of the HVAC system at the historic Civic Auditorium in San Jose on Wednesday. ASHRAE members stepped away from the excitement of the Sharks’ game 7 and the Warriors game to investigate the built up air handler, the disguised decorative diffusers, the modular chiller, and the new electric service required for the addition of cooling. The addition of return grilles required penetrating a cast-in-place concrete wall and carbon reinforcements and are hidden in place with coverings that match the style of the building (the grilles are the three large squares in the included picture). The event venue operated without air conditioning until 2017, and the city had trouble with booking throughout the summer because of the high temperatures. With cooling added and operating, including a unit serving the stage, the concert hall now hosts events often regardless of the season. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

 

Disguised Diffusers & Return Air Grilles

Disguised Diffusers & Return Air Grilles

Return Air Chillers

Return Air Chillers

Return Air Chillers

Return Air Chillers

Some of the women of ADC joined other members of ASHRAE’s San Jose Chapter and spent their Presidents’ Day encouraging the next generation during GIRLS DAY @ THE TECH. Girls Day provided hands-on activities for girls age 7-14, along with their families, and highlights the achievements of women in STEM fields. In addition to exploring interactive exhibits about robotics, cyber security, wearable tech and bioengineering, guests participated in workshops and maker activities infused with art, music, game design, computer programming and more.

Two of our engineers, Hannah and Valerie, volunteered for the event. They helped teach children about pressure drops by having the kids blow bubbles through a straight straw, a long straw, and a bent straw, and talking about how that applies to air conditioning systems. The activity was a hit with the girls. It was so popular we even had one repeat customer do the activity again!  We look forward to seeing the girls who attended the event continue to thrive in the areas of STEM.

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