Tampa, FL

Case Study: Tampa Recreation Center

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The Big Ass Fans circulate large volumes of air at a low energy cost, keeping people comfortable even with high room temperatures. Kevin Smith, Fleischman Garcia

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Problem

Owned by the City of Tampa and designed by local firm Fleischman Garcia, the Tampa Recreation Center includes two multipurpose rooms, an outdoor tot-lot and skate park, and a state-of-the-art gymnastics area. Adding to the ambiance of the facility, three 14-ft (4.3m) diameter Big Ass Fans® were installed providing the necessary comfort to counter the Florida heat.

Solution

Inside the center, large windows direct natural sunlight into the reception area. With natural lighting comes an increase in ambient temperatures. One of the Big Ass Fans is used to maintain a comfortable temperature for visitors and staff in this space. “We put Big Ass Fans in the design to circulate large volumes of air at a low energy cost, keeping people comfortable even at with high room temperatures,” explains Kevin Smith, vice president of Flesichman Garcia. Big Ass Fans regulate temperature discrepancies in the rec center and provide an economical way to offset mechanical cooling costs. This led to tremendous savings, both on upfront material and labor costs for ductwork. In addition to being quieter and more effective than small fans, Big Ass Fans offered the city a bold look that was achievable under budget.

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