New Physical Sciences Complex, Phase I and SCUB Expansion

New construction; New Physical Sciences Complex, Phase I and SCUB Expansion; Global Engineering Solutions

08/15/2013


This rendering shows Phase I of the New Physical Sciences Complex. Courtesy: HDR Inc.Engineering firm: Global Engineering Solutions
2013 MEP Giants rank:
94
Project:
New Physical Sciences Complex, Phase I and SCUB Expansion
Address:
College Park, Md., United States
Building type:
School (college, university)
Project type:
New construction
Engineering services:
Electrical/Power, Fire & Life Safety, HVAC
Project timeline:
August 2007 to September 2013
Engineering services budget:
$40 million
MEP budget: $50 million

Challenges

Global Engineering Solutions (GES) provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering support services in conjunction with HDR for a state-of-the-art research/teaching facility to house the departments of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute of Physical Science and Technology. This signature building will serve as the cornerstone of a three-building complex designed to bring continued recognition of the university's nationally ranked science programs. The 160,000-sq ft facility will house specialized laboratory spaces designed to meet strict criteria for vibration sensitive and electromagnetic interference control. The facility also includes standard research laboratories and faculty offices. A café, lounges, and open areas are provided to encourage interaction and collaboration among the disciplines.

Solutions

The new Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) and the adjoining residential facilities will be served by a central chilled water cooling plant located in the Computer Space Science Complex Wing 4 (CSS-SCUB). The existing chilled water plant has a current capacity of 550 tons, which will be upgraded during Phase I to the approximate capacity of 3,850 tons. Because the university has a central plant system, GES developed two alternatives for the chilled water plant: a primary/secondary chilled water plant and a thermal energy storage facility which utilizes ice storage in a buried vault. GES developed a lifecycle cost analysis for each scenario to assist the university with final selection of the system.

Heating for the PSC Wings 1, 2, and 3 will be supplied from the campus high-pressure steam line. Steam to hot water heat exchangers, located in the mechanical space of the PSC Wing 1, will be utilized to produce heating and domestic hot water that will be distributed to the PSC Wings 1, 2, and 3. Since the CSS-SCUB was originally designed to support 1600 tons of cooling and currently contains 550 tons of cooling, the existing electrical distribution will be upgraded in order to support the new chillers, cooling towers, and associated pumps. Circuit breakers and feeders from existing switchboards and motor control centers will be provided to support the new air conditioning equipment for PSC Phase I.

This project was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, with an anticipated 46 points total project score, including points for innovative water use reduction, and enhanced refrigerant management. GES developed the building energy model, as per the LEED requirements, which showed an energy savings of 18% over ASHRAE Standard 90.1.



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.
2014 Product of the Year finalists: Vote now; Boiler systems; Indirect cooling; Integrating lighting, HVAC
High-performance buildings; Building envelope and integration; Electrical, HVAC system integration; Smoke control systems; Using BAS for M&V
Pressure piping systems: Designing with ASME; Lab ventilation; Lighting controls; Reduce energy use with VFDs
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities; Selecting energy-efficient transformers; Integrating power monitoring systems; Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software
Integrating BAS, electrical systems; Electrical system flexibility; Hospital electrical distribution; Electrical system grounding
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.