As of January 2021, SOMArts has installed high-volume air outtake fans along one length of our building with corresponding intake venting along the opposite length, ensuring a constant displacement of interior air with fresh outdoor air.
Additionally, SOMArts has a loading dock with large, openable roll-up door at one end of our Event Space, a silent high-velocity 12ft fan at its other end, doors to the building exterior throughout both our Event and Main Gallery spaces, and mechanical ventilation as part of our heating system around our Theater Space. Our Event, Main Gallery, and Theater spaces all have spacious, open ceilings over 30ft high. Using a combination of these tools depending on weather and context, we can achieve strong fresh airflow throughout our interconnected public spaces.
In our public restrooms we’ve added additional floor standing HEPA fan-based filtration units to complement existing overhead ventilation.
Our tenant offices and upstairs classrooms are lined with openable windows. Additional fans and floor-standing HEPA fan-based filtration units are available for classrooms and offices without openable windows and rotated based on need, used in conjunction with crossflow through open doors throughout these spaces. We are restricting access to areas with poor air flow.