Science & Technology
New and renovated Science and Technology facilities need to be flexible to adapt to the ever-changing technology and research requirments. Science and Technology buildings are one of the largest energy consumers, per square foot, on any campus. Compliance with safety codes and increasing energy costs have a major effect on the operating costs of a science facility.
MEP understands new laboratory and research areas require adequate ventilation and increased air-flows while occupied. Likewise, facilities have different levels of contamination requirements, and the equipment itself has specific building system needs. Our team recognized the importance of understanding how the researchers intend on using their space. This is an integral component when shaping the systems to serve their needs.
MEP uses a variety of energy savings methods to meet the special demands of Science and Technology Building systems. Some of these methods are:
- Utilizing a double passed air system to reduce energy consumption and improve overall indoor air quality
- The fume hood exhaust system is manifolded, allowing energy recovery coils in the exhaust air stream to reclaim energy used to precondition the makeup air for the entire building
- A specialized control sequence allows for decommissioning of fume hoods and further reduces the minimum requirement per hood during the summer
- Daylighting can be maximized throughout the facility
The MEP team has many years of experience in the design of mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and telecommunications for Science and Technology facilities. MEP has LEED® Accredited Professionals (LEED® AP) and a Certified Indoor Air Quality (CIAQP) Design Professional with extensive experience in sustainable, energy efficient projects. MEP is committed to providing highly, energy efficient designs for laboratory and research projects, resulting in high performance buildings. These buildings consistently operate at 45-75% better than ASHRAE 90.1, which results in significant savings in operating costs.