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The COVID-19 Outbreak of 2020 put the brakes on most
gatherings of large numbers of people. While sports, musical
performances, and movie theaters were among those most
affected, churches, synagogues and mosques were also, for the
most part, closed for business just like most commercial entities.
In an effort to determine how to reopen
safely and return to some sense of
"normalcy" - however that might look
- religious organizations and retail
establishments are all trying to determine the
best course of action to take to return to dayto-day and week-to-week activities. Religious
groups present a special set of circumstances,
since each has its own rhythm for daily and
weekly gatherings. As TAB, commissioning,
and energy management firms, we are
uniquely positioned to assist these groups
with their reopening efforts.
Augusta Air Balance assisted a local church
prepare to reopen; First Baptist Church
in Augusta, GA. What follows is how we
assisted the staff in their planning and
implementation of protective measures.
A little background information will
help explain the measures that are being
taken: The church had a congregation of
about 3,000 resident members. The church
buildings were arranged in a campus setting
consisting of seven free-standing buildings
utilized for various activities such as Sunday

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services, bible study, weekday education, and
sports events. All of these present different
opportunities for virus spread. Four of the
buildings were conditioned using chilled
water/hot water fan coil console units. The
remaining three had central heating and air
conditioning also fed by the central energy
plant.	
These buildings are the focus of this article:
*	Sanctuary/Administration
*	Chapel/Fellowship
*	Gymnasium/Contemporary Worship Space
Similar measures were taken in all three
spaces, but the sanctuary was our focus.
Located in a structure along with the
administrative suite of offices, the sanctuary
was served by three of the seven central air
handling units (AHU), all having chilled
water/hot water coils and central energy
management control system (EMCS). The
main air handler had 100 percent outside air
capability. AHU no. 2 and no. 3 provided up
to about 50 percent outside air at design air
flow. (Continued on pg. 9)

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