The new Microbiology Research Facility will house the laboratories, offices, and collaborative work space for the faculty, staff, and graduate students.
The research laboratory space, consisting of both wet and dry labs, is flexible with adequate utilities, environmental controls, and modern safety technologies to accommodate the needs of the evolving department. The facility is equipped with HIV and TB Flex Protocol Suites. This facility was also designed to meet Minnesota SB2030 Energy Standards.
A variety of energy savings and ventilation methods were incorporated into the design of the HVAC systems:
- Thermally decoupled Laboratory Ventilation Loads using chilled beams and fan coils to reduce air change rates. This resulted in an anticipated energy savings of $289,500/Yr
- Double passed air system and heat pump heat recovery to reduce energy use
- Fume hood exhaust system which is manifolded, allowing energy recovery coils in the exhaust air stream to reclaim energy
- Space occupancy sensor to ensure ventilation only occurs when space is occupied
- The annual energy use of this facility is anticipated to be 57% more efficient than a new facility that is ASHRAE 90.1 compliant. MEP is providing the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services.