TCC Trinity Campus building, located in downtown Fort Worth, is truly huge and contemporary. Greg, our tour guide who works for the maintenance department since the building opened, told us that the building is used to owned by Radio Shack before TCC took over just about 2 years ago. It is a great experience taking this tour. I also got a chance to go into the unseen sections of the building.
Greg, our tour guide
There are three main sections of the building we went to:
1. Greg showed us how they control the air quality of the building. The outside air can go inside of the building but need to go through double layers of filters. The first filter is the thinner filter and the second filter is the thicker filter. The thinner filter is very easy to change and can be changed as many as needed. By changing the thinner filter more often can make the thicker filter last longer since it will not get dirty too early. The thicker filter is 12 inches long which can do a better job compared to the thinner one. Brant, our coach, told us that air quality can make the sustainability in the building because if we have a good air quality in the building, it can make people healthier and work more efficiently.
2. He showed us how they control the temperature in the building. The temperature in the building is controlled by using 5 water chillers. At least one of the chillers need to be run no matter how freezing outside is. This is because the heat from the human and computer server is always produced and consistently increase the temperature in the building. It is also surprisingly that the huge building like this does not necessarily require the heater systems.
3. He also showed us how they generate the electricity in case of emergency. This building has 3 diesel generators to back up in case of the power outage. This systems need to be tested every two month in order to make sure they work properly.