COVID-19 Concerns Prompt Upgrade of UV Filter Ventilation System for West End Cultural Center

The West End Cultural Center is enjoying improved air quality this spring, boosted by mounting evidence that COVID-19 is airborne.

The center will undertake a $70,000 renovation of its ventilation system, which will include the addition of UV filters.

“This is a significant and extensive change and upgrade to our system. The UV light filters are there to clean the air, to really filter it out and give it a nice scrub, said Jason Hooper, executive director of the West End Cultural Centre. “Making sure the air quality is as high as possible is really important.”

Hooper said the pandemic has really drawn attention to air quality issues and UV filters are one of the best technologies available. However, the center will continue to keep an eye on future innovations in air purification.

He said the importance of keeping the air clean cannot be underestimated in concert halls where tight crowds are the norm but also part of the experience.

“It’s really about connecting with people, connecting with the artists on stage, connecting with the people around you. If you’re worried about your safety, if you’re worried about your health in this situation , you’re really not going to have the best time possible and that’s really what we’re trying to achieve here,” Hooper said.

The same goes for artists. For them to do their best, Hooper said their security issues needed to be addressed.

“We need to make sure everyone is as safe as possible because that feedback between artist and audience is so vital,” he said.

The air cleaning light should be installed by April.

Hooper said the upgrade was only possible thanks to a grant from the federal stimulus fund.

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