Authors: Doug McLachlan and Ryan Bruce
School: University of Idaho
|Abstract: Moscow, Idaho, located in the
northern part of the state, is home of the University of Idaho. The present Art and
Architecture South building, one of two studio buildings for the Department of Art and
Architecture, was designed in 1904 by Boise architect, J.E. Tourtellotte, as the
University's first gymnasium. Interior bearing walls and another floor were later added to
the old gymnasium to create two floors of studio space for the Architecture program. The
building still contains the original masonry and brick walls, single pane wood frame
windows, large wood trusses with steel struts, and hardwood floor.
The building is heated by a central forced air system and has no cooling systems except for operable windows and one operable roof vent. Student occupants and building lighting create a cooling load greater than the present HVAC system can handle. This building has no passive strategies for lighting, heating, or cooling. The walls and roof are not insulated and the windows are inadequate to provide either thermal gains, natural ventilation, or adequate daylight.
This study examines the existing lighting and thermal conditions in the studio and offers possible solutions to the problems discovered.
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