Sandusky State Theatre
Carrier WeatherMaker® rooftop units and i-Vu® controls combine to protect historic theatre preservation project assets
Creating a controlled, comfortable and cost-efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the historic 1928 Sandusky State Theatre renovation project was the unique challenge facing its Board of Directors. The existing equipment was nearly thirty years old, had outlived its useful life and was also incapable of providing proper seasonal humidity control. Precise humidity control and ventilation were critical requirements for the preservation of the theatre’s many unique, recently-restored features such as its rare pipe organ, decorative plaster details, tapestries and murals.
To meet all the HVAC- and controls-related comfort and operating requirements of the theatre, the Board of Directors turned to locally-based Gundlach Sheet Metal Works, Inc. to determine the correct equipment and controls solution, and to execute the installation. Gundlach then contacted Carrier Refrigeration Sales Corporation (RSC), who utilized E-CAT — a fully-integrated suite of tools for selecting, configuring, and generating performance data for Carrier commercial HVAC products. As a result, seven Carrier WeatherMaker® 50TC rooftop units (RTUs) with Humidi-MiZer® adaptive dehumidification system were installed for the 36,000 ft2 facility. In addition, Carrier’s i-Vu® building automation system (BAS) was added so that staff could manage comfort in the theatre from anywhere using a standard web browser.