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Haas-Howell Building

Image 3.40 Haas-Howell houses recording studios, music labs and classrooms for the Music Department

Building Conditions Summary

0037 - Haas-Howell Building

Haas-Howell, constructed in 1920 and occupied by the university since 1994, houses Music Department functions: recording studios, music lab and classrooms. The music lab is perfectly designed for its purpose and is in good condition. The layout of the lab is logical and orderly. Overall this building is well-suited for its programmed uses. (See Image 3.40)

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System: The air conditioning system is unsatisfactory. It is about 10 years old and consists of air cooled, heat pump units. These small PTAC package units have a problem with the reversing valve sticking, causing the compressors to burn up. The university has replaced several failed units with cooling-only compressors and have implemented the old steam heating coils for heating (to avoid the reversing valve problem that the system has been having). This building is improving.

Plumbing: The plumbing is in poor condition and needs replacement.

Electrical: The 480-volt system is old and needs replacement.