Providing an Ideal Working Environment
Santa Clarita’s City Hall is a three-story facility that was acquired by the City more than 20 years ago. The City required a study to fully assess the building’s HVAC systems. The study focused primarily on the ﬁrst ﬂoor and presented the City with an understanding of existing conditions and deﬁciencies.
City staff members reported thermal discomfort in the building. The City Council Chambers was experiencing air conditioning system deﬁciencies. Uncertainties surrounding control of thermal comfort systems were observed throughout the building’s ﬁrst ﬂoor.
A study was conducted and, working closely with Los Angeles Air Balance, an air balance survey. Thermal data was recorded at 16 locations around the ﬁrst ﬂoor for two weeks. This data was analyzed and compared with calculated cooling demands to identify locations with insufﬁcient air supply, improper zoning, and poor control.
An assessment was provided for the existing systems’ suitability to serve current building loads. Recommendations were also offered to correct observed deﬁciencies.
By observing in situ conditions collected by our data loggers and performing an actual measurement of the air supply, the G&M team enabled the design team to provide deﬁnitive, targeted corrective measures, giving the City the best value for their project.
Gausman & Moore recommended two options to address this issue:
Corrective measures for the identiﬁed deﬁciencies are still in the design phase.
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