SVL Projects - Healthcare
Sanford YMCA Natatorium Ventilation - AQC Blue Duct
Sanford Health System’s mission is centered on the health and wellness of their patients… One aspect of this preventative care is to team up with The YMCA to build a state‐of‐the art fitness center for the people of their community
Sanford Health System’s mission is centered on the health and wellness of their patients. Not only are they expanding their network of hospitals and clinics, but they are also expanding their support for different kinds of preventative care. One suc h initiative was to team up with The YMCA to build a state-of-the-art fitness center for the people of their community to stay active during the long winter months in Fargo, ND. The centerpiece of this new facility is the natatorium.
The glass wall separating the pool space from the cold outdoor air is always a concern for natatorium design. The indoor climate is controlled to 84 °F with 50% relative humidity and the outdoor climate can be as cold as –30 °F. The challenge for the mechanical design team at ONE of Fargo is to keep the glass clear of frost and condensation throughout the year. With a 114 °F temperature differential separated by a wall of glass, the design team had no room for error of a natatorium space.
Jeremiah Christenson, Managing Principal of ONE, selected The BlueDuct® for its inherent features of being air-tight, watertight, insulated, and able to last as long-lasting, and able to supply warm, dry air to “wash” the glass clear of condensation. The BlueDuct® is made of high-density polyethylene making it a great choice to stand up to the highly corrosive environment of a natatorium space.