Johnson County Community College (JCCC),
Overland Park, Kansas, has aggressive sustainability
goals. Their new 3,000-square-foot academic
building, Galileo’s Pavilion, incorporates super-efficient practices and products, including Mitsubishi
Electric Cooling & Heating Variable Refrigerant Flow
Dan Rockhill, architecture professor and lead
designer said, “We designed Galileo’s Pavilion using
our current knowledge of sustainable design. [For
HVAC], we had three distinctly separate spaces.
Although they’re in the same building, the loading
on them is different. So that resulted in three
separate air-conditioning and heating solutions” – or,
zoning. VRF was the clear choice.
Rockhill had used Mitsubishi Electric VRF before and
was impressed. “For Galileo’s Pavilion, we wanted
the most technologically advanced equipment in
the industry. VRF with simultaneous cooling and
heating was a fit. Mitsubishi [Electric] is a leader.
They developed the variable refrigerant concept.
They know what they’re doing.”
He continued, “Installation went quite well.
Everything with the system has been going
well. No compressor failures, no leaks, no fan
problems, nothing. Our maintenance is easy, too
– just changing the filters and making sure the
condensers are clean.”
More signs of success: LEED® Platinum certification
and the 2013 CSI Kansas City Chapter Innovation in