Princeton Firestone University Library
- : Princeton, NJ
- : Princeton University
- : Bruce E. Brooks
Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth, PA as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the Thirteen Colonies. Princeton University has been in its current location since 1896.
In 2012, the university undertook the initiative of renovating the Firestone Library which was initially built in 1948. The intrinsic architecture made it challenging for the mechanical engineers to develop solutions for replacing and improving the HVAC systems. The HVAC scope of work included replacing air handlers, increasing capacity and introducing heat recovery equipment.
The Ingenia design team developed solutions utilizing Ingenia’s jobsite assembled construction. The HVAC retrofit included installing two new air handlers to handle the central heating, cooling, dehumidification and humidification of the library. Precise temperature and humidity levels were imperative due to the sensitive nature of the application. To validate the equipment quality, the jobsite assembled units were factory assembled, air leak tested and taken completely apart for shipment and re‐assembled in the field. This is a unique feature available exclusively with Ingenia’s custom air handlers. The re‐assembly process was supervised by a factory engineer.