A $717,000 grant awarded by the N.C. Department of Commerce State Energy Office will enable Western Carolina University to complete a renovation of the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system in H.F. Robinson Building.
Design work is under way. Construction is expected to begin by late spring and be completed by November 2011, said Lauren Bishop, energy manager.
“We are on a fast-track design and construction schedule, as the funding for the project comes from stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Bishop.
The HVAC system currently in place consists mainly of the original equipment that was installed in the late 1970s, she said.
“The improvements that are being designed will greatly improve occupancy comfort and indoor air quality while reducing overall energy usage,” said Bishop.
One focus of the project is to specifically improve the system serving the Mountain Heritage Center on the first floor of the building.
“This project will optimize the air quality in the Mountain Heritage Center to help preserve important artifacts within the museum,” said Bishop.
For more information, contact Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-227-3562.