SBEC is the Mechanical Engineer of Record for this project which was designed to consolidate 9 different physical locations for the IBS program into a single facility. The new facility houses five research programs and four centers including a natural hazards center, population aging center, center for the study and prevention of violence and the University population aging center.
Spaces include administrative offices, conference and meeting rooms, library, breakrooms, secure file storage, faculty lounges, kitchen, events and reception area, locker rooms, showers and data analysis laboratories.
SBEC-designed mechanical systems include the following:
- New HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for new 4-story (plus basement) building
- One 55,000 cfm variable volume roof-mounted air handling unit
- Louvers mounted to two-sides of unit to accommodate architectural screening of roof equipment
- Indirect/direct-evaporative cooling (no mechanical cooling)
- High efficiency gas-fired boilers to generate building heating water
- Convectors located around perimeter of building for heating
- Variable speed secondary heating water pumps
- Demand controlled ventilation to reduce energy consumption
- Direct digital control (DDC) automation system
- Ultra-low-flow (1/8 gallon flush) urinals for water conservation