Planning a Large Scale
Michael Cooper, Harley Ellis
Anthony Lozier, SFA Architects, Inc.
The presentation will focus on the planning and design
of the complete HVAC system infrastructure in a large laboratory
facility, circa 1970. EPA's Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC)
Infrastructure Replacement Project in Cincinnati, Ohio, will serve
as a case study. This ten story, 400,000-square-foot laboratory
is slated for full replacement of its HVAC system infrastructure.
This presentation will begin with a discussion of up-front project
planning. This encompasses evaluation of existing systems, determination
of current laboratory requirements, and preparation of a cost model.
Effective up-front planning is critical to the success of the project.
The existing systems must be fully understood. How are code deficiencies,
antiquated equipment, and inaccessible spaces dealt with? Progressive
laboratory managers are examining laboratory functions and asking
whether fume hoods and other containment devices can be downsized,
or even eliminated.
This presentation will conclude with a discussion of implementation
planning and the design of the first phase of the project. This
includes development of new system strategies, construction phasing,
re-utilization versus replacement, and commissioning. It is critical
that the majority of the facility remain functional during construction,
so an effective phasing plan is the key component of implementation.
Equipment planning, to ensure that older equipment can be removed
from the facility and new equipment can be installed in its place,
helps minimize the impact to the building structure. System testing,
validation, and commissioning plans must be established to verify
that the design intent carries through to the finished project.
Throughout the presentation, energy efficiency and conservation
will be addressed. One of the main drivers of the AWBERC project
is reduced energy consumption. Every aspect of the HVAC system concept
development, from system types to specific technologies employed,
includes strong consideration of energy impacts for long term sustainability.
is a principal and senior mechanical engineer with Harley Ellis
Devereaux. He has 17 years of experience in the design and management
of high technology building projects, including a multitude of engineering
and laboratory facilities. Mr. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan
and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
He is a licensed professional engineer in 14 states. Mr. Cooper
has also served as a construction site field engineer, which allows
him to bring a "real world" perspective to his projects.
is the principal engineer with SFA Architects. He has 34 years of
experience in the design and management of technology based building
projects, including many engineering, manufacturing, and laboratory
facilities. Mr. Lozier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical
Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a licensed
professional engineer in seven states. Mr. Lozier started the engineering
department at SFA Architects and has served as the architecture
and engineering representative for EPA Region 5 for the past 10
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