LINDT & SPRUNGLI MASS ROOM
B2Q was challenged to evaluate the existing HVAC cooling and heating infrastructure used to condition Mass Rooms 1 and 2. Mass Rooms 1 and 2 are high-output manufacturing spaces producing chocolate conching with tight temperature and relative humidity requirements to ensure consistent high-quality product. The conveyed chocolate powder also must not be disturbed by any new air distribution systems.
B2Q evaluated multiple design alternatives and distribution configurations to ensure the optimal solution was based on installed cost, maintainability, reliability, and energy efficiency. The owner was provided two custom variable volume air handlers with fan arrays for design redundancy, and a fabric air distribution system to ensure low velocity air dispersion and optimized airflow patterns. New pressurization control strategies were employed to mitigate contamination between adjacent spaces.
B2Q successfully worked alongside Lindt’s facility managers with a detail-oriented strategy built on collaboration and engineering principals while leading innovative advancements in energy efficiency. Detailed air distribution design allowed contractors to install the system within the existing utility piping infrastructure with minimal disruption to production. The energy efficient HVAC design provided Lindt with a dramatic increase in performance and control, resulting in improved occupant comfort and quality control.