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Central New York - Biotech Accelerator Building


Central New York Accelerator Building is a joint venture between SUNY Upstate Medical University and the SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry.  This building was designed to accommodate several biotech research programs in one location.  This research facility contains high tech labs and bio-process modules for use as an incubator type facility for off campus research and development.  It is anticipated that the facility will attain a minimum certified level of LEED Gold.

M/E Role

HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Electrical engineering design for a CNY Biotech Accelerator Building of approximately 40,000 square feet, with a construction budget of approximately $24M.

  • Two 20,000 cfm 100% OA semi-custom variable air volume supply units to serve laboratory areas.
  • One 30,000 cfm semi-custom variable air volume supply and return unit to serve offices and common areas.
  • One 40,000 cfm variable volume exhaust system with three fans.
  • 300 ton centrifugal chiller and tower, with variable-volume pumping primary-secondary piping system.
  • 8,000 mbh hot water modular condensing-type boiler system, with primary-secondary piping and variable-volume pumping.
  • Laboratory control system to maintain required air changes and pressurization levels, in response to fume hood operation and occupancy changes.
  • Heat recovery glycol loop to reheat outside air form recovered exhaust air heat.
  • Laboratory utility services for 0-18 mohm DI water system, vacuum, natural gas, compressed air, domestic hot and cold, and sanitary waste.
  • Single-ended 1600A, 480/277V electrical system.
  • Dual 400kW, 480/277V emergency/standby generator system.


Designing LEED Certified, 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 style supply and exhaust system with dual parallel exhaust and supply units. The laboratory services were arranged to allow for maximum flexibility. Each lab will be set up with independent controls to allow maintenance staff to independently select room occupied and unoccupied air change rates and pressurization off-set based upon the current occupancy utilizing graphic controls, from a remote location.

Syracuse, NY