Corvallis Waldorf School


Project: Corvallis Waldorf School

Firm: Portland State University School of Architecture

Product: Haiku Fans

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"The Big Ass Fans are the single most used, most appreciated and most effective tool to create an environment that is comfortable to work and learn in."

Tim Love
Facilities Manager

Project Summary

The Corvallis Waldorf School in Corvallis, Oregon, accommodated its growing student body by using decades-old modular classrooms. But the air quality inside those units was far from satisfactory, particularly when a class of middleschoolers came in from recess. “An olfactory experience” is how Facilities Manager Tim Love described it. The school wanted to invest in new modular classrooms that would use the most advanced technology to both improve the quality of the learning environment and minimize its carbon footprint.

The school reached out to a team from the Portland State University School of Architecture, who used some of the most cost-effective technologies available to create the Smart Academic Green Environment (SAGE) building. Haiku® fans, which operate silently and hold the top ENERGY STAR® rankings, were installed in each classroom. “Noise is a critical factor that is almost always overlooked. It’s a telling feature that noise is not an issue with the fans,” says Love. The improved air circulation keeps the students refreshed and alert during the school day. And the fans draw so little power that the school’s energy monitors register at the lowest readable output.

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