Breath of Fresh Air in Butler University's Labs
Friday, August 05, 2011
Air Master Systems refreshes Butler's Gallahue Science Labs
University's Gallahue Butler University is spending nearly $2 million this summer to outfit most science labs in Gallahue Hall with high-tech ductless green hoods that pull in chemical odors, scrub the air and recycle clean air back into the classroom.
The ductless hoods, which hang over the workspaces like air vents in kitchens or sneeze guards over a food serving line but recycle the air rather than vent it out of the building, will result in cleaner air in the labs and significant energy cost savings, Chemistry Department Chair Stacy O’Reilly said.
In any given year, 350-400 students use the labs for classes in chemistry, biology, pharmacy and various healthcare-related majors. Another 300 or so take organic chemistry.
“A lot of Butler students are going to benefit from this renovated space,” O’Reilly said.
The hoods were manufactured and installed by Air Master Systems. They have a licensing agreement with Erlab who provided the filtration and technology on the hoods.