Client: Utah State University Location: Logan, Utah Size: 118,000 s. f. | $ 60,000,000 Date: 2011 Services: Mechanical Engineering LEED Status: LEED Gold
“The design achieves almost 48% energy savings over the baseline, which is fairly significant for a high-tech lab building that requires 100% constant fresh outside air.”
- Joshua Greene, AJC Architects
“We know that the success of any project depends on the knowledge and skills of the team members involved.”
About the Project
VBFA provided the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing, fire protection and process piping for the new , 110,000 gsf USTAR Life Sciences Research Building on the Innovation Campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. VBFA also performed the Energy Modeling and the LEED Planning and Documentation for the mechanical work and assisted in the Mechanical Cost Estimating. One wing of the building houses research laboratories and another wing houses a 13,000 sq. ft. Vivarium and 5,000 sq. ft. of Bio-Safety Lab Level 3 (BSL-3) enhanced suites where research with select agents will be conducted. This area is intended to function as a “box within a box” and will have strictly controlled access, individual room monitoring and special security measures. The building has a number of safety features including redundant mechanical systems.
The Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease USTAR team, the Center for Advanced Nutrition and several other groups will be housed in this facility. Each BSL-3 room in the biosafety suite has its own HEPA filters and the mechanical design includes an individual decontamination system for each room.
The design includes numerous energy saving strategies including:
Energy Recovery System
Indirect Evaporation for Inexpensive and Efficient CoolingThree-Stage Cooling