Case Study - Life Chiropractic College West

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Case Study - Life Chiropractic College West

 

Michael Baldwin, Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services

My name is Michael Baldwin. I'm Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services at Life Chiropractic College West. We're a 12-acre college campus with a very large 200,000 square foot building. Part of being a chiropractic college is having a life style centered on health and wellness. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames, Head of Air Quality Committee

The issues that came up for me around air quality started with symptoms. Symptoms that I observed in myself and then started to observe and overhear in my students. 

Sagi Hebron, Student and Green Team Member

We didn't really have enough functional data to actual monitor the rooms that we were trying to change. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames

You know, I started out thinking that it was only me. I had brain fog and other things that I really started to put together and got suspicious of CO2 build-up. 

Michael Baldwin

I encountered at a trade show for facilities, and after having a good conversation with their representative, discovered that their product was just what I was looking for. 

Sagi Hebron

So we can have functional data. So we can go look at the data and say 'this room has a problem'. Constant flow of data to the computer. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames

It was the only really viable option that met our needs. We had a dashboard. We could look at it in real time. And it was affordable. 

Michael Baldwin

By using the data that we get from the Airthings, we are able to adjust what classes go into which rooms at which times to maintain a healthy air quality for everyone. It also helps us justify upgrading equipment and the budgetary aspects of that. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames

Airthings can help us maximize student performance. Absolutely, because what I am clear about now is how cognitive function can be affected. And we are talking about students who are in an incredibly difficult graduate program to be doctors and chiropractors. Every moment, every milestone, every exam, they need to be on point. 

Michael Baldwin

Well, recent studies have shown that when your carbon dioxide levels exceed 800 parts per million on a regular basis, it can impair your cognitive function. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames

I don't think that most people understand that yet. But clearly that's important when you are in a college, in a teaching environment. You need all your brain cells firing. 

Sagi Hebron

A healthy building using Airthings is essential for today's environment just because of the amount of pollution that we have. For us in our situation it comes down to air flow, so we got new HVAC units, which is a big deal. And using the Airthings monitors, we can see the differences in the air quality. 

Dr. Kerri Duggins-Rames

I think a solution like Airthings is absolutely essential because we need to make these decision based on data. We can't wait for symptoms. 

Sagi Hebron

My advice would be try to figure out what the problem is in the building that is causing the building to not be a health building. Make the decision to get the Airthings monitors, because from what I understand they are the best monitors for air quality that you can have. 

Michael Baldwin

Airthings has been very easy to work with and the product is very simple to use and you can get great function out of it. It's the ideal solution.