College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Daniel J. Knight, Phil Barlow
Older buildings on the Cal Poly campus need renovation, particularly with the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (addressed as HVAC) systems in the classrooms. The HVAC units within the old buildings are obsolete, inefficient, and are most likely due for replacement. The Engineering East building, also known as Building 20, is an example of a campus building that requires a quality HVAC system. By upgrading the HVAC, the building conditions can be positively enhanced through better cooling and ventilation, allowing students in the labs and classrooms to have a better experience within the building. This paper details the methodology behind installing a proper HVAC unit, while providing a proposal for Cal Poly Administration to consider a quality HVAC system for Engineering East. It also includes a survey answered by students who have or have had classes and labs in Building 20 and seeking their general opinions on whether their education could be improved with a better HVAC system. There are two additional interviews with the Electrical Engineering department head and with Cal Poly’s project and facilities manager. The purpose of these interviews is to investigate their thoughts on the overall indoor air quality of Engineering East. From the results, Cal Poly Administration can be educated on how a better mechanical system can improve the education of both students and faculty members, which can ultimately influence their official decision on the concept of providing a quality HVAC unit in Building 20.