Placing Mechanical System on Top floor and Moving Air to Lower Floors

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Luis Ayala of Gensler talks schematic design while walking us through the Administration Office for the Port of Corpus Christi.  While reviewing the site plan he will discuss views, parking considerations, and environmental concerns. He also will show the bubble diagram and building program for this project, as well as the multiple design iterations.

So when we were talking about this building being resilient, remember that we spoke about the first floor being sacrificial, so if there is a flood, the first floor can go away, but the second, third, fourth and fifth continue to operate non-stop. we decided to put all the mechanical systems on the fifth floor. So all your air conditioning units are there and your pumps that are moving water are also there. So how do you, from the fifth floor, from the roof, how do you get it into every floor?

In the core of our building, if you see these spaces here that have the cross, those are shafts where all the ducts with air are going down. So all the cold air is being produced here on the fifth floor and then moving down to the lower floors. Let me show you for example what happens on the fourth floor. You have that shaft coming here, and from there it will go into the spaces where air is needed. You are pulling air into the building, you are also taking the return air, that air that has been used already and is hot so there are two shafts for that reason.

One is for the new air, and the other is one for the return. So the machine stops there. They are taking that used air and filtering it and making it cold again. Taking the humidity out, and then pumping back to the building. So, that's how the mechanical system will work in that building.

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