Environmental Services Laboratory Relocation

New construction: Environmental Services Laboratory Relocation; Erdman Anthony

08/09/2012


The completed South Florida Water Management District Building project is shown. (Click to enlarge)Project name: Environmental Services Laboratory Relocation

Location: West Palm Pearch, Fla.

Firm name: Erdman Anthony

Project type, building type: New construction, research/lab/high-tech

Project duration: 2.5 years

Project completion date: Feb. 29, 2012

Project budget for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering only: $4.2 Million

This photo shows the exhaust vents on the roof. (Click to Enlarge)Engineering challenges

Challenge 1: The owner desired to equip the building with a generator sized to provide backup electrical power for the entire building, including HVAC and those systems necessary to sustain normal operations. The challenge in achieving this requirement was to balance the cost of providing a generator sized to withstand the inrush associated with the simultaneous restart of motor-driven equipment with that of a generator sized to handle just steady-state loading.

Challenge 2: Another challenge was to devise a lighting control system that could execute a complex scheme whereby traditional manual switching was required during normal operating hours and automatic control, using occupancy sensors, was desired during off hours.

Solutions

Solution 1: After evaluating the cost of both options, the design team settled on a generator with a lower rating sized basically to handle only the steady state loads. The inrush issue was resolved by providing a control scheme, implemented via the BAS, which would stagger the restart of major equipment upon transfer to generator power. This solution not only reduced the upfront cost of the backup power system but also minimized the overall space required for the system.

Solution 2: To achieve this, local lighting controllers were used on each floor, which not only achieved the desired functionality but also provided the owner with the luxury of making future control changes via simple programming without the need for rewiring.



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Integrating electrical and HVAC for energy efficiency; Mixed-use buildings; ASHRAE 90.4; Wireless fire alarms assessment and challenges
integrated building networks, NFPA 99, recover waste heat, chilled water systems, Internet of Things, BAS controls
40 Under 40; Performance-based design; Clean agent fire suppression; NFPA 92; Future of commissioning; Successful project management principles
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; VFDs in high-performance buildings
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me