© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol

Cornell University - Martha Van Rensselaer North Hall - LEED Certified Platinum

Project

New Laboratory Research Building and Parking Garage for the College of Human Ecology. Human Ecology is a broad mix of social, physical and life sciences, technology and design focused on bettering the health and well-being of individuals, their families, and their communities. This 100,000 square foot facility houses the research efforts for this program. Laboratories consist of wet labs for nutritional science and fiber sciences, dry labs are included for human factors, apparel and drawing/cad studios. The building also houses instructional spaces,a gallery, and a rare costume collection.

M/E Role

Complete design of M/E/P services for Research Building and Parking Garage.

  • Complete fire protection system including fully sprinklered spaces, standpipes, point addressable fire alarm system, fire pump to serve the building and two adjacent buildings.
  • Double tunnel laboratory AHU and exhaust systems for redundancy.
  • Phoenix supply and exhaust laboratory control system.
  • Airquity Demand ventilation sensing and control system.
  • Human Factors Laboratory with adjustable temperature from 50OF to 90OF and adjustable humidity from 10% to 80% RH.
  • Fiber Science Laboratory designed with laminar flow outlets and stability of temperature and humidity in the range of 70 OF +/-1.8 OF and 65%RH +/-2%RH.
  • 800 kW, 1000 kVA emergency generator serving Research Building and two adjacent Buildings.
  • 13.2 kV primary electric service, with 480/277V building distribution.
  • Laboratory plumbing services consisting of hot water, cold water, vacuum, compressed air, gas RO/DI pure water, acid waste and acid vent.
  • M/E/P services for a Wood Shop including dust collection system, compressed air, paint spray booth, welding exhaust.
  • CO monitored and demand controlled Parking Garage exhaust system.

Challenges

  • Constructing a LEED Certified Building with a glass façade.
  • The Building was connected to three adjacent Buildings via a glass enclosed commons.
  • Insuring effluent discharge from the Building did not become entrained in adjacent air intakes.

Location:
Ithaca, NY