I was thinking of Russ the other day, when sitting in another cold, drafty hotel meeting room. They seem to blast out cold air to reach the set temperature, or start out freezing cold in the morning, then as people fill the room, and the day progresses, the cooling system can no longer keep up with the heat and the room warms up, and by the end of the day, everyone is dying of heat. I think that's why they start out with the room temp set so frigidly cold, because it's the only way to keep us from all suffocating when the temp starts rising later. It's just astonishing that EVERY hotel and convention center seems to be done exactly the same way.
A bit off-topic, we're supposed to be getting a new animal facility built in another 2 or 3 years (they're making some modifications to the existing facility now to hold us over until they can get the funds to build a new one), so I asked my department chair who gets to give input on those. He said they bring in external consultants to tell them how to build it. So, I explained that I've had the bad luck of being at several universities with new animal facilities built just before or after my arrival, and they have ALL had major flaws that are only noticed when the researchers start to get ready to use them, and I'd really like some input to the facility here to avoid those same mistakes again. Apparently, all I can do is convey that to the consultants when they visit.
(When I hear about them arriving, I'm typing up a list to give to them and can only hope.) The BIGGEST flaw that I've seen over and again is in the HVAC systems. They test them under ideal conditions, with every door in the facility closed, and not under actual operating conditions, which is NOTHING like ideal conditions. Under actual operating conditions, there will be some offices that will have doors open all day long, same with some doors in corridors, plus you'll have doors opening to loading docks that have drastic fluctuations in temperatures depending on time of year and whether or not the loading bay doors are open for deliveries or closed, etc. The end result are drafts, wind tunnel effects, room doors that are supposed to stay shut that blow open unless you lock them, and air flow in the wrong direction.
I suspect hotels make the same mistakes of testing everything under ideal conditions, not under the conditions they'll actually be used, with people entering and leaving, doors open to meeting rooms, and changing conditions of going from an empty room to a full room, etc.