The three-story building addition to the existing Hormel Institute Facility consists of 20, state-of-the-art research labs, offices, and support spaces. The third floor houses a new 7,500 SF SPF animal vivarium.
The facility was designed to meet Minnesota SB2030 Energy Standards.
A variety of energy savings and ventilation methods were incorporated into the HVAC systems that included::
- HVAC system utilizing thermal decoupling for large equipment areas
- A heat recovery chiller to satisfy simultaneous heating and cooling loads
- High efficiency condensing boilers for low temperature heating hot water
- Cascaded ventilation system and heat recovery
- A combination of fume hood and general lab exhaust airflows allowing for energy recovery of all laboratory exhaust
- Demand based ventilation using occupancy sensors to reduce airflows when spaces are unoccupied
- Reduction of lab air change rates using air quality measurement devices