Why in the world is it so hot in the Cabell library?? I understand that cold weather is upon us, but today it was about 50 degrees outside and about 85 inside. I shed all the clothes I could without risking a nudity in public citation and I was still sweating. I heard others around me complaining about this as well. Why?
From: an undergraduate student
Jeanne Hammer, Associate University Librarian for Administration and Policy Development replies...
Thank you for taking the time to post your question to the Library Suggestion Blog. The HVAC system in Cabell Library is the original system installed circa 1975, and it is particularly difficult to maintain comfortable temperatures in fall and spring when the outside temperature swings frequently from balmy to chilly and vice versa . The system is designed to provide either heat or cooling and doesn't operate ideally during transition seasons. Last week we had complaints about it being too chilly in Cabell Library, because the outside temperatures had dropped, but the HVAC system had not been switched yet to the heating mode (which is typically done mid-October).
Please know that VCU Physical Plant has been contacted to see what can be done to lower the temperatures. Thanks again for your comments and patience.