Gillespie County recently constructed a new 2-story, 47,000 square foot courthouse in Fredericksburg, Texas. DXS was chosen as basis of design to provide a Daikin VRV system for the facility. The county chose to equip the building with a VRV system over traditional air cooled chilled water or gas furnace systems, based on the VRV technology’s ability to have redundancy as each condensing unit has at least two compressors, distribute BTUs through copper pipes, rather than the steel used in chilled water systems, and reduce electrical and energy requirements.
DXS provided equipment for the courtrooms and lobbies, as well as the Gillespie County Jail, which can accommodate up to 96 inmates and includes holding rooms, detention centers, administrative areas, equipment and computer rooms, laundry and a kitchen. The entire system totaled 190 tons and included heat pump and heat recovery, with added ducted units, diffusers, wall-mounted cassettes, and condensing units throughout. The outdoor and rooftop units were fitted with enclosures to protect the equipment from weather and debris, and the system has an estimated life span of 25 years. The high efficiency system has multiple zones through the space, all of which can be easily and individually managed by the owners through the web-enabled Daikin controls system.