Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus is an 88,821-square-foot campus located in Orlando, Florida. Constructed in 2012, it includes state-of-the-art academic spaces, teaching labs, student services, a bookstore, a library, a cafe, a Dean’s suite and administrative offices.

While the school’s infrastructure is impressive on its own, college administrators knew they needed to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and happiness of students and teachers within these buildings.

An air purification technology system presented multiple benefits. Specifically, the school evaluated Global Plasma Solutions’ needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI®) technology. The system, installed directly into a building’s existing HVAC system, improves air quality by reducing airborne particulates, odors and pathogens. The school installed the GPS-iBAR® needlepoint bipolar ionization air purification system in all air handling units on campus.

Benefits

  • The combined effect is air that is cleaner and safer to breathe.
  • NPBI is also easy to install and requires minimal future maintenance, helping to save time and money.
  • Energy savings represent another major benefit: The GPS-iBAR helps Valencia College save $180,000 in annual energy costs. That’s one reason the school’s Lake Nona Campus earned three Green Globe certifications from Green Building Initiative.

Additionally, the administration wanted to get ahead of any potential issues surrounding odors, particles or pathogens and their inevitable spread throughout campus. The GPS-iBAR is perfect for a large facility, because it kills mold, bacteria and airborne pathogens while maintaining clean cooling coils. Shortly after install, testing revealed that there was no fungi or bacteria detected on the cooling coil fins.

GPS NPBI technology helps with all aspects of indoor air quality. In addition, unlike many other solutions on the market, it’s also safe for occupied spaces. This means building occupants can work, teach and learn in a safe manner.

To learn more, download the Valencia College project spotlight.