© David Lamb Photography

© David Lamb Photography

© David Lamb Photography

© David Lamb Photography

© David Lamb Photography

University of Rochester - Biomedical Engineering/Optics Building

Project

Design of a 100,000 SF 5-story teaching and research laboratory promoting innovative interdisciplinary research. This highly charged, creative atmosphere resulting from the co-location of BME and Optics will attract top medical optics faculty and produce medical optic programs (undergraduate, masters and doctoral) of the finest quality. The program includes flexible teaching/laboratory space, faculty offices, shared conference rooms, a 50 and 100 seat lecture hall, a five-story atrium/lobby space and an area dedicated to Institute Ventures.

M/E Role

M/E was responsible for the complete HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design including construction administration. Design parameters included:

  • Two 40,000 CFM 100% O.A. custom variable air volume supply units.
  • Two 40,000 CFM variable volume exhaust units with dual fans.
  • Hot water distribution off the central cogen loop with cascaded heat exchangers for a 60 °F temperature rise.
  • Double ended electrical service to provide redundancy.
  • 800 KW emergency/standby generator.
  • 160,000 CFM atrium smoke control system.
  • Laboratory utility services: Nitrogen, compressed air, 12 Mohm DI water system, natural gas, acid waste, vacuum system, and a 55°F laser cooling loop.
  • A third party commissioning agent to develop a project plan and commissioning specifications.
  • LEED components including waterless urinals were included but LEED certification was not needed due to CFC's in central chilled water plant.

Challenges

Designing an energy efficient, highly flexible building with a robust infrastructure adaptable to future renovations without adversely affecting adjacent spaces. To meet this goal, M/E designed a vertical "ladder" style supply and exhaust system with dual parallel exhaust and supply units. The laboratory services were arranged in the same ladder style to allow for maximum flexibility. Each lab will be set up with an independent lab control panel with a graphic display to allow the EH&S staff to independently select room occupied and unoccupied air change rates and pressurization off-set based upon the current occupancy.

Location:
Rochester, New York