With the return to campus, how is UWM handling ventilation in buildings?

August 25, 2021

Currently, UWM is not planning significant modifications to HVAC systems, which is consistent with other UW System institutions. We continue to focus on preventive maintenance, ensuring ventilation systems work properly, and air filters are replaced at regular intervals, following industry guidance and best practices.

UWM follows state specifications to make sure that indoor air quality is optimal. Our goal is to continue running heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment/systems at design standards and find that this continues to work well. The HVAC systems in campus buildings bring outside air into the system, which is then filtered. Once the operating temperature is reached, the air is recirculated in the building in a process that includes more filtering and mixing with outside air. Each UWM building has a slightly different HVAC system that requires different maintenance and operations.

If you find HVAC is not operating in a specific space or room, please contact your building chair or the Facility Services help desk to submit a work order.

Having proper ventilation is one aspect of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s layered approach to reducing exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Other protection efforts for individuals include vaccination, wearing face masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene.