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Gillespie County Courthouse

  • Project Location: Fredericksburg, TX
  • Owner/Client: Gillespie County
  • Project Description:

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.

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Government Key Considerations

Police stations, county court buildings, city halls, fire stations and libraries – these are just some of the structures city, county and federal governments build, operate and maintain.  And more often than not, local municipalities expect these buildings to last for decades, if not a century or more.  Faced with retrofitting these aging buildings, engineers and architects working on local government projects today are increasingly turning to VRF air conditioning systems.

DXS provides engineers and architects with VRF designs that cater to the tight confines of older buildings while also meeting new energy efficiency and ventilation standards.  On top of that, VRF systems make it possible to give tighter temperature control over multiple small zones.  Making dozens of office workers happy at the same time with the same system – now that’s a maintenance manager’s dream.

Key Considerations

  • Small mechanical footprint makes VRF systems ideal for retrofit projects
  • High energy-efficiency meets more stringent energy conservation guidelines
  • Opportunity to reduce overall building construction cost
  • Individual temperature control of smaller zones accommodates the needs of multiple users
  • Robust training program provided for maintenance managers and personnel
  • 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 provided after installation
  • Complete inventory of parts and equipment