Crider Health Center
Crider Health Center
Providing superior medical care with Samsung Electronics’ DVM S Heat Recovery
Crider Health Center, part of the non-profit healthcare organization Compass Health Network, partners with other local agencies and governmental entities to provide a full continuum of behavioral health services and support primary and dental health services to citizens in St. Charles, Missouri.
The building acquired for the Crider Health Center was equipped with old rooftop HVAC units and ductwork. The design team of LNB Architecture and Interiors realized that the HVACs were a key issue for their client. They desired to eliminate the transfer of germs and airborne viruses from one space to another through the ductwork, while ensuring the comfort of their clients and office through individual control of spaces. Clients in the owner’s other facilities complained of being cold, while medical staff felt too warm and uncomfortable at nursing stations and in their offices. The facility had to be quiet and not impacted by loud rooftop units cycling on and off. Finally, Ritter Engineering was given the responsibility to ensure that operating utility costs were low, and to secure a rebate for energy savings from Ameren UE, the local utility provider. Fortunately, NSC Applied Products Group (APG), the St. Louis based Samsung HVAC specification representative, got in touch with both LNB and Ritter Engineering. Based on the needs of the client and the information presented by NSC APG, the Crider design team decided to explore the Samsung DVM S variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system as the basis of design for the project.
Many of the benefits of the Samsung DVM S system matched the client’s needs for their intended HVAC systems. The design team worked with NSC APG to select the Samsung 4-way cassette and 1-way cassette to ensure air from one space was not transferred to another through ductwork. Due to its zoning capabilities, Samsung’s DVM S Heat Recovery technology allows users to adjust individual climate settings, making it a perfect fit for the medical center featuring 10 operating rooms, as well as 125 individual offices and examination rooms. Samsung DVM S features several smart technologies that combine world-class energy efficiency and economy to achieve a superior 38.2 Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER). LNB and Ritter Engineering were both very impressed with the low sound levels of the Samsung HVAC system that exceeded the client’s expectations of what a quite space should be. In summary, the Crider design team has found that the Samsung DVM S system delivers virtually invisible heating and cooling with maximum occupant comfort without transferring germs throughout the facility. All while saving the client money in utility bills.