NEW YORK — Virginia Military Institute’s new Corps Physical Training Facility was honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Metropolitan Washington with a 2018-2019 Engineering Excellence Award in the Building/Technology Systems category.
WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, provided mechanical and electrical design along with high performance analytics services for the new Indoor Training Facility on the VMI campus in Lexington, Virginia. Larry Beam served as principal-in-charge for WSP.
The indoor training facility was designed and constructed using a passive downdraft system. This natural ventilation system uses evaporative cooling and buoyancy to supply 100 percent outside air without the use of cooling and heating fans, thus reducing building energy usage and providing a healthier indoor environment.
The design is the first application of such a system in the Eastern U.S., and a central component of the project’s LEED Gold application. WSP designed the passive downdraft system through extensive calculations and computational fluid dynamics to prove the viability of the system.
WSP worked closely with VMI and HKS architects to design a one-of-a kind facility that has exceeded operational expectations.
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