GeoCore helps European science and research. (Part 2.)

In the previous article, we mentioned the Agency for the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GSA), which is based in Prague's Holešovice and where we supplied a heating-cooling ceiling to the main meeting room. The meeting room is a pivotal place for scientists, as it is a place of important meetings, conferences or international transmissions. In this article, we will therefore focus more on the technical specifications that the project involved.

Difficult demands and fighting the place.

And how did it all start? Architects and authors of the modernization of the building for GSA Milan Rejchl, Josef Pospíšil and Martin Perlík originally planned to deliver classic heating and cooling systems, such as air conditioning units, to the room. Demands have been made for high performance, both heating and cooling, as well as for perfect acoustics, as it is a lecture hall. When it came to construction work, it was found that under the ceiling there is a complete infrastructure for the whole house and there is simply no room for air conditioning units. In the ceilings there was existing air conditioning, heating and cooling. And then we came to design the system. 

What was the system needed for in the conference room?

As we indicated in the previous article, the functionality and advantage of the system lies primarily in the radiant effect, which brings noticeable savings in operating costs. However, it is important that the very environment in which scientists work every day is comfortable. Our heating-cooling system guarantees a free environment and is a positive benefit for workers, who can operate carelessly in the premises every day without being forced to work in conditions that do not meet health standards.

An element that will heat and cool while complying with acoustic requirements.

It turned out that we had 3 cm of space left in the ceiling for our element, which we should have delivered to the meeting room. A three-centimeter element that must be heated, cooled and at the same time understand the acoustic requirements. At first it seemed an impossible task, so we started to look at it more and finally managed to design, provide and implement the element. It seemed to be won, but as it happens, there was another problem, namely that while we designed and manufactured the element, the layout of the room changed and we had another nut to crack. It should be mentioned that the panels are made to measure and were ordered, of course, before they were assembled. We had to measure the structures to fit the existing wall and columns and imagine what the system would look like when it was done. It should be noted that we focused in relatively difficult conditions, when the room was almost in a dissolute state.
What exactly was it about? In the final stage of the modifications, one wall of the room had to move 10 cm closer, and according to the architect's instructions, the originally designed spacing between the cassettes had to be observed for visual effect. In the end, however, this was solved thanks to our experienced technicians and we have another successful project behind us.

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