CASE STUDY

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COMMISSIONING

University of Massachusetts Research Facility – New HVAC and Commissioning

Design integrates existing HVAC system for renovation and Biosafety Level change

CLIENT: US Department of Veterans Affairs

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20%

Savings from efficient design

10%

Faster completion with good coordination

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BSL-2

Laboratory Safety Compliance

CHALLENGE

To design an HVAC system that integrated existing with new equipment components. The laboratory renovation required changing previous HVAC requirements for a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility to Biosafety Level 2.

RESULTS

Alares Engineering designed and installed a new HVAC system that integrated some of the existing equipment with new components. The completed, new HVAC system achieved the designed performance criteria, while minimizing construction costs and interruption to the building’s ongoing operations.

STRATEGIES

Alares Engineering worked closely with the owner, architect, and construction teams, and reviewed design drawings and equipment submittals to verify that the design intent was being met. Our design comments and careful coordination throughout the renovation process greatly improved the success of the project.

In designing an appropriate HVAC system for this renovation, Alares Engineering determined which components needed to be replaced or removed, and which could be salvaged. Verification of the AHU supply capacity, air change rates (ACH), and airflow offsets was completed to confirm that the re-designed HVAC system was optimized within the newly renovated BSL-2 laboratory space.

Alares Engineering also verified the performance of the Siemens Retrofit Kit – which was placed over the existing Phoenix valves – to ensure its reliable operation and integration.