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AIA San Antonio Center for Architecture

  • Project Location: San Antonio, TX
  • Owner/Client: AIA
  • Project Description:

DXS provided a customized HVAC system to The American Institute of Architects San Antonio (AIA San Antonio) Center for Architecture, located at 1344 South Flores Street in the historic SoFlo area near downtown San Antonio.

“AIA San Antonio is fortunate to have a partner as committed to our industry as DXS is,” said John Mize, 2014 AIA San Antonio President. “They provided their unique expertise and a cutting-edge VRF system for our former space at Pearl Brewery, so we were delighted to work with them again.”

VRF technology offers multiple benefits compared with traditional systems, including energy efficiency and easy design, installation, and maintenance. The ability to control the refrigerant flow throughout a building will benefit The Center for Architecture, allowing its multiple users to control the climate in their space and reduce energy costs. Ductless installation will prevent heat loss/gain for additional savings.

“Our challenge was to create a functional and sustainable system that will efficiently provide a high level of comfort in a multi-space building,” said Thomas McLaughlin, DXS principal. “Our creative solution uses VRF technology to enable climate control of individual spaces such as large meeting areas and smaller offices, maximizing efficiency and minimizing energy costs.”

As one of the few HVAC providers in the nation to exclusively specialize in VRF solutions, DXS works with engineers, architects and building owners to provide comprehensive support in the design, implementation and maintenance stages. Alamo Architects and OCO Architects provided the architectural design, and worked withCleary Zimmermann Engineers, who designed the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems. DXS also worked with Gillette, the mechanical contractor, to install Daikin VRV Systems, with a mix of indoor ducted and ductless units operated by Daikin controls. The system qualifies for CPS Energy’s newly released VRF energy rebate program.

“Some of our goals for this project were to create a space with a low energy footprint and low operational costs, especially since the space is used for a variety of purposes, including offices, meeting space and large events,” said Cleary Zimmermann’s director of building analytics, Nishant Kanapilly, LEED BD+C. “We kept initial costs down by re-using most of the existing duct work, partitions and equipment in our design. Additionally, Demand Controlled Ventilation using CO2 sensors allows the amount of outside air required to be reduced to a minimum when the spaces are not being used.”

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Retail & Office Key Considerations

Architects and engineers working in the retail and professional office building markets consistently face the same scenario:  the ever-changing need to reconfigure tenant space.  As businesses change, their space requirements can fluctuate wildly.  They move, they expand, they downsize.  And because they do, DXS works alongside architects, engineers and owners to design VRF systems that can be configured – and reconfigured – to meet on-going and changing tenant HVAC requirements.

Key Considerations

  • Opportunity to reduce overall building construction cost
  • Designed as a modular system to any specifications required by the project
  • System is easily reconfigured after installation
  • Tight temperature controls of multiple zones for multiple tenants
  • Experienced staff and products that have the ability to interface with a wide variety of control systems
  • DXS onsite at five key junctures:  onsite training prior to installation, quality control checks during installation, during start-up, 30 days after commissioning for building owner verification, and ongoing training for staff
  • Fast, dependable service and maintenance support after installation
  • Complete inventory of parts and equipment locally stocked