A more comfortable place to read

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Improvements made to reduce hot and humid conditions

By Special to the Monitor

It’s high noon on a balmy summer afternoon in July 2008. You are browsing the shelves of Mesa Public Library in search of a good read.

A search that should be a relaxing and calming experience is instead marked by grave discomfort as a result of the hot and humid conditions in the library.

Many patrons of the Mesa Public Library had experienced these feelings of discomfort during hot days.

To address this problem with our beloved Library, the County Council approved a retro commissioning project to identify and implement improvements that would alleviate the hot and humid conditions. Retro-commissioning is a systematic process that typically focuses on energy-using mechanical equipment and related controls to achieve improved indoor air quality, comfort and energy and resource efficiency.

Anne Laurent, Capital Projects and Facilities Director and Wayne Kohlrust, Internal Services Manager, determined that optimizing the existing evaporative cooling system was the most sustainable and cost- effective option for improving comfort in the library.

“This was the economical option that enabled us to build in more control and comfort while avoiding disposing of a functional system in the landfill,” Laurent said.

Improvements made in the Library include:

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